Second Hospodemo protest to take place

Workers from across the hospitality industry are once again staging a peaceful protest in Parliament Square, in an effort to urge the government to change its approach to the sector’s operating restrictions and to bolster its financial support for businesses. The protest, called HospoDemo, is taking place at 11am today (7th December), with protestors dressed in uniform equipped with pots, pans, ladles, cocktail shakers, wooden spoons, last orders bells and other hospitality-related props in order to make themselves heard.

“Restaurants, pubs and bars are the lifeblood of communities and part of the fabric of Britain’s society and culture,” said HospoDemo’s organiser and industry marketer Rachel Harty. “Hospitality has been victimised for too long now, and I sincerely hope that Monday’s protest will lead to fewer restrictions and enhanced support. Otherwise, when the time comes to celebrate the end of the pandemic, many of our cherished restaurants, pubs and bars won’t have survived.”

At 11am, all attendees will turn to face the Houses of Parliament and make as much noise as possible to ensure their message is heard by MPs. All attendees have been advised to adhere to social distancing measures and, of course, to come wearing a face covering.

Prominent attendees at the first demo held on 19th October 2020 included Yotam Ottolenghi, Jason Atherton, Tom Aikens, Fergus Henderson, Margot Henderson, Sly Augustin, Alex Kratena, Alessandro Palazzi and Jan Konetzki.