HOSPITALITY bosses in Barrow are putting on a brave face with harsher Covid-19 restrictions due to affect trade.

Under measures that come into effect on Saturday morning, people in the Barrow borough will be banned from mixing with other households indoors - including pubs and restaurants.

But landlords and restaurant owners say they will try to adapt to the new Tier 2 ‘high alert’ restrictions.

Businesses will not receive any Government support unless they are forced to close if the town is moved to Tier 3.

Phil Simpson, boss of the Duke of Edinburgh, said the Abbey Road establishment would offer smaller tables for groups only from one household.

“I think it’s really sad news for Barrow,” he said.

“We’ve been hearing more and more that there’s been an increase in cases and you have to trust the authorities to know what they’re doing.

“I think it will still be busy. There’s a Blitz mentality in Barrow which means people are not getting knocked easily by this.”

Mr Simpson said staff would use ‘common sense’ to enforce the restrictions on single households.

Gary Wood, of The Derby Inn in Barrow’s Dalton Road, said: “It might prevent people coming out which isn’t great because at 10pm we have to shut.

“It’s not going to be easy, we will lose trade.

“I totally understand something needs to be done but not sure the guidance on hospitality is going to work to be honest, especially asking everyone to leave at the same time, I’m not sure how that makes sense.

“We’re just going to try out best and work through it.”

Dave Stubbins, the chairman of the Furness Campaign for Real Ale branch, said the Government should support pubs if they struggle:

“New restrictions are bound to have an impact on businesses, it’s a very worrying time for the pub industry,” he said.

“We’re in the middle of a dangerous disease going round and hopefully the Government will take the steps to support the pub industry.

“Pubs are undergoing a very difficult time, I just hope that they will be able to get through it

“The 10pm curfew obviously hit a lot of pubs in a time when they are at their busiest, but we have to keep safe.

“If pubs are closed, it would be essential that the Government give them the support to get through. They acknowledge they are important so they are going to have to come up with a mechanism to get them through it.”

Owners of two Turkish restaurants in Barrow also expressed concerns about the effect on trade, but conceded business was slow amid the pandemic.

Devris Ozmus, owner of Kapadokya, said: “Not much is going to be different because people aren’t taking the risk and coming out and having dinner.

“With the current situation there isn’t that many customers around anyway.

“Without finding a vaccine, I don’t think we are going to be able to get back to normal anytime soon.

“We have a lot of regular customers but people don’t want to go out for meals because of the situation and are scared about the risks.

“Health comes first but I don’t think many businesses will survive.”

Ozlem Korkmaz, of Izgara in Cavendish Street, said: “We are not closing at the moment until the Government says we have to close. We’re listening to what the Government says and making sure everything is sanitised and only one household of six people is allowed to a table.”