Founder of HospoDemo, which is fighting for the hospitality industry: “If nothing changes, we’ll do it again!”

The founder of HospoDemo, which made a tremendous impact with their protest on Monday, said the protest will happen again if the British government doesn’t reverse recent restrictions imposed on the hospitality industry.

World-renowned chefs such as Jason Atherton, Tom Aikens and Yotam Ottolenghi were among hundreds of workers waving pots and pans in support of the action, which took place in Parliament Square to protest the heavy restrictions the government has imposed on the hospitality industry. “If nothing changes then we will be doing this again,” founder Rachel Harty told the Standard, “and we will have more people come, and it will grow each time.”

“It was an incredible highly charged experience – there was so much emotion because people could be losing their jobs and livelihoods. They won’t be able to support their families as there is no option to work from home when you are in the hospitality industry. The situation has become out of control. It’s do or die.”

Before the hour-long protest began at 11am, Michelin-starred Atherton told the Standard he feared the winter would kill off many businesses if government action were not taken.