On Wednesday the UK government moved England into the most severe restrictions. This meant closing the pubs and restaurants that are not only an important part of the economy, but a central part of British cultural life.

The hospitality industry that helps power London’s economy was given less than 24 hours to shut shop, barely a week before Christmas, eliciting a mix of resignation and outrage from business owners and customers...

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