Can London’s high-end restaurants survive the pandemic?

At the entrance to Veeraswamy, London’s oldest Indian restaurant, a sign tells guests to prepare for a temperature check. At the reception desk they are greeted by steel columns dispensing hand-sanitiser gel, and packets of wipes are laid at each place setting.

But instead of the usual busy lunchtime service last Thursday, there were just two members of staff quietly laying tables for the first service in three months, after the coronavirus lockdown forced the 94-year-old restaurant to shut its doors for the first time — it even stayed open throughout the second world war.

“We will deliberately be maintaining as much of the atmosphere as possible,” said Ranjit Mathrani, chairman of Veeraswamy, which he co-owns alongside two other fine dining Indian restaurants in London and the casual dining chain Masala Zone. The additional health and safety protocols are one of a “tsunami of challenges”, he added.

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Coronavirus: New European publisher Archant hunts new owners | Business News

One of Britain’s oldest regional newspaper groups has put itself up for sale as it races to find new investors willing to plug a funding deficit exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic’s disastrous impact on industry-wide advertising revenues.

Sky News has learnt that Archant, which was established in 1845 and publishes titles including the Eastern Daily Press and London’s Ham & High Express, has appointed corporate financiers to find new backers.

City sources said this weekend that the family-owned company wanted to secure new funding within the next few months.

‘The economic pain of COVID-19 will be deep’

KPMG, the professional services firm, is handling the process.

Archant is one of the most venerable names in Britain’s print media industry, having been jointly founded more than 175 years ago by the Colman family whose name went on to adorn one of the most prominent brands of English mustard.

Along with the

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Why mothers are bearing the economic brunt of the coronavirus crisis | UK News

Deborah Haynes has travelled to war zones and interviewed prime ministers, but this week Sky’s foreign affairs editor also gave us a glimpse into the juggle faced by many working parents during lockdown.

As she was conducting a live interview from home, her son walked in and requested “two biscuits” (an impressive act of negotiation, exploiting his mum’s moment of maximum weakness. Needless to say, he secured the biscuits.)

It was an adorable insight into family life, and also revealed the very real challenges faced by many parents trying to work from home while schools and nurseries have been shut.

Parents have had to juggle work and home-schooling

We are only just starting to see the terrible economic impact of coronavirus – with job losses expected to accelerate over the summer as the furlough scheme is wound down.

But there are already signs that the impact will not be

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Coronavirus: Hairdressers and pub landlords ‘still scared’ of virus despite reopening | UK News

Thousands of businesses across England can reopen today in the most significant easing of lockdown rules so far.

Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are among the places set to welcome back customers for the first time since the end of March.

But one business owner told Sky News that although he needed to get back to work to pay his rent, he feels “a little bit scared” to do so.

“I have the sanitiser, I’m wearing gloves but still I have to touch people’s faces and I’m very close to them,” Ed Rahimi, a barber in Greater Manchester said.

“I’m a little bit scared. Coronavirus doesn’t care who you are and I think we’re going to be back in lockdown within the next few weeks,” he added.

Pubs will be able to open indoor tables to customers but with significant new social distancing restrictions in place.

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