New figures from the British Beer and Pub Association suggest that as many as 40 per cent of pubs are at risk of being put out of business by September, unless government intervenes on their behalf.
A survey of the BBPA membership saw 19,000 publicans (out of a total of 47,000) claim that their business faced the prospect of either partial or total collapse by the end of the summer, in light of speculations that the pub-sector will be one of the last elements of the economy permitted to reopen.
Indeed, despite the government’s road-map for the “un-lockdown”, many pubs will not be able to reopen until feasibly the end of August, and the trade association has said that the “bleak results” of its latest research could become “dangerous reality,” if the government fails to extend its grant support to impacted hospitality business.
“If the government takes decisive action now to properly help pubs both through the current lockdown and when social distancing restrictions are in place, then these pubs and jobs can be saved,” she added. “The government must understand that the current financial support they are giving, although welcome, does not go anywhere near enough to help pubs in an extended lockdown or when they can reopen under social distancing restrictions.”