Pizza Express announces plans to cut up to 1,300 more jobs due to COVID-19 crisis

National restaurant chain, Pizza Express has this week announced plans for a further round of job cuts, as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry shows no signs of slowing down.

The firm will cut up to 1,300 more jobs across its 370 UK restaurants after sales plummeted due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the well-publicised increase in restrictions to restrict the spread of the virus.

Earlier on this summer, the pizza chain announced plans to cut 1,100 jobs and close 73 restaurants – however, the recent cuts will put more pressure on the government to help secure the future of the high street.

Despite the large number of cuts, there are currently no other plans to close further restaurants. The firm also did not reveal what restaurants would lose members of staff.

Zoe Bowley, Pizza Express UK Managing Director said: “Our aim throughout these extremely challenging times has been to keep our team members and customers safe and to retain jobs for as long as possible. Unfortunately, the recent increase in COVID-19 cases is again causing footfall to decline across the UK.”