The British Beer & Pub Association says urgent support targeted at pubs is needed to ensure they can survive extended Covid-19 lockdown. Even more urgent now the government’s logic of keeping pubs closed – some say until Christmas – is out of the bag.
The BBPA is pressing the Government to announce extra support just for pubs, to ensure they can survive an extended COVID-19 lockdown.
The trade body’s plea comes after cabinet minister Michael Gove warned that the nations pubs would be ‘among the last’ to see restrictions placed upon them relaxed.
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The Government have said they will make decisions on lifting the lockdown and loosening restrictions by following scientific and medical advice. We all want to get back to the Great British Pub, but fully understand they need to re-open under safe and sustainable conditions – both for their staff and customers.
“If pubs are going to be the last to re-open, then it’s only right the Government gives extra support to them to help ensure their survival. We are clear that unless the Government gives specific support to pubs now, thousands of them in communities across the UK could be lost for good. And with them hundreds of thousands of jobs too.”
McClarkin added: “As the heart of the community and social hub that binds people together, losing pubs would be a tragedy. When this crisis is over we will all want to go to the pub, so it’s vital the Government does everything it can to help them right now.”