Media Bites June 15: Covid, hospitality, Boxed, Meatless Farm | New

Boris Johnson has said Britain must learn to live with the coronavirus as it delays the end of Covid restrictions by four weeks and insisted July 19 will be the new ‘end date’ (The time £).

Business leaders have called for further UK government support for business as ministers prepare to delay reopening the economy (The Financial Times £).

Rishi Sunak has rejected companies’ demands for an extension of the holiday scheme and corporate rate relief, despite expectations that the government will delay easing the Covid-19 restrictions currently set for June 21 (The Guardian).

Business groups have warned pubs, bars, restaurants and nightclubs face significant hardship or collapse after the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in England was postponed by four weeks without new financial support from the government (The Guardian).

Employees at besieged pubs cannot be expected to force customers to obey lockdown rules after Boris Johnson delayed the final stage of the reopening, bosses said (The telegraph).

The Lex column in The Financial Times (£) take a look at Boxed, who has been dubbed an online Costco for millennials. “The loss-making company will go public through a specialist acquisition company at a valuation of nearly $ 900 million which seems too expensive.”

The mail follows up on Meatless Farm’s fundraising plan reported in The Grocer and The Guardian yesterday morning. Meatless Farm has given its customers the opportunity to invest in the business by launching a £ 5million crowdfunding campaign.

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