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  • The UK government introduced a 10 p.m. curfew for pubs, bars, and restaurants, and compulsory table service as part of its latest coronavirus safety measures.
  • Industry bodies have described this as “another crushing blow” that will “devastate” the sector well into 2021.
  • Two in five adults said they will go out less often as a result of curfew, according to a survey from market research company CGA.
  • The curfew will also affect takeaways. CEOs of fast-food giants KFC and Pizza Hut warned that the curfew could have a “catastrophic impact.”
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England’s new 10 p.m. curfew at pubs, bars, and restaurants — designed to push down COVID-19 cases — is “another crushing blow” to struggling businesses now facing closure, owners have said.

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Nearly a quarter (23%) of members of the UK’s biggest pub and

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Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said.

A retired retail worker from Dorchester, Paulette, 69, juggles paying for rent, food, and other needs. She raised her granddaughter, who lives with her. “My granddaughter lost her job due to the pandemic. Now she can’t make her car payments and we are afraid it will be repossessed when it’s almost paid for,” said Paulette.

A single mother of three, Danielle had to leave her receptionist position to care for her children during the pandemic. Now back to work, with her children attending YMCA camp, she is far behind on her bills and wondering how she can continue working if their school opens remotely. “I’m back at work, but there

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Delays in mail delivered by the United States Postal Service have impacted veterans waiting to receive their medication and threatened mail-in voting in November. They’re also hurting America’s small businesses.



a person cutting a cake: Dana Osborne has had to adjust her invitation card business in response to Postal Service slowdown.


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Dana Osborne has had to adjust her invitation card business in response to Postal Service slowdown.

The Postal Service has tried to reduce costs in recent months with changes such as cutting staff hours and eliminating overtime pay. The moves have resulted in mail delays around the country. President Donald Trump has also said he opposes much-needed funding for the agency because he doesn’t want to see it used for mail-in voting in the November elections.

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The delays have been devastating to small businesses that have come to rely on the post office to get their products to consumers.

The Postal Service is the most commonly-used delivery carrier among businesses with fewer than five employees,

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