Pub chain Marston’s has this morning warned that over 2,000 jobs are at risk due to new restrictions imposed in England and Scotland.

The company says that measures such as enforcing the wearing of face masks on entry and whilst walking around pubs, plus the 10pm curfew, has resulted in less people visiting its pubs and therefore the company has no choice but to look at cutting jobs.

“Inevitably, and regrettably, recent restrictions will impact jobs,” the company said.

“However, because of the recent additional restrictions, we have reluctantly concluded that around 2,150 pub-based roles currently subject to furlough are going to be impacted,” Marston’s added.

“Furthermore, we have initiated a full review of overhead costs which will be concluded by the end of December.

“These decisions are difficult but are necessary due to the restrictions placed upon our business at this time.”

Marston’s has a number of pubs in Herefordshire, including the Cock of Tupsley.