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Mark Wahlberg Restaurant Gives Employees Furlough During Quarantine

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The coronavirus pandemic lockdown is affecting many if not all businesses, which also includes Mark Wahlberg’s restaurant, Wahlburgers. The London-based restaurant has decided to furlough staff during the pandemic, with reports also suggesting that the place is forcefully shutting down because of the global crisis. Situated in Covent Garden, the 48-year-old Transformers actor opened the restaurant as a joint venture with his older brothers Paul and Donnie last year. However, it seems like the place is getting a shaky start because of the pandemic with a temporary shut down in the options as well.

Mark Wahlberg’s Restaurant Closes Down

Furlough is a government-funded scheme which will see staff paid up to 80% of their usual wage while on temporary leave. Amazingly, this was a move by the fast-food restaurants so the business keeps running and prevents them from a ‘permanent’ closing down. However, for Mark Wahlberg to furlough his restaurant staff is something that seems odd, given the actor’s wealth. The restaurant posted the following message on Instagram:

“It is with disappointment that we are announcing our temporary closure, due to the increased concerns for safety. Today we are working with our charity partner @thefelixproject to redistribute as much of our food as possible to those experiencing vulnerability in these uncertain times.”

Interestingly, since Mark Wahlberg’s restaurant is in the franchising business, each owner of the franchise can make their separate decision regarding how to run. A spokesperson to the Wahlburgers told this to The Sun:

“As a franchise organisation, each individual Wahlburgers franchise has had to make decisions whether to keep its doors open or close indefinitely while we all navigate these challenging times together.

The franchise group that owns Wahlburgers Covent Garden made the decision to use the Furlough scheme for their employees in hopes that the large team and Central London site can be retained without permanent closure.”

While Mark Wahlberg has opted to choose the furlough option, other celebrity restaurants are choosing some other. Gordon Ramsay, for example, decided to lay-off 500 employees from his restaurant chain. Whereas, Victoria Beckham decided to reverse her furlough decision after much criticism. Lastly, Ed Sheeran will continue to pay his employees in full despite getting closed down.

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