The British Beer and Pub Association says all restrictions must be removed on June 21st for pubs to reopen and enhance their survival chances.
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has stated an estimated 45,000 pubs reopened on Monday, serving 3 million pints which represents 65 percent of a pre-pandemic Monday sales.
According to the BBPA the 1m social distancing requirements, table service only requirement and the compulsory wearing of face coverings account for the shortfall, a figure that’s below the break-even point for the majority of pubs, who cannot trade profitably whilst the current restrictions remain in place.
As well as reduced footfall in city and town centres, those pubs who are reliant on vertical drinking due to their small footprints are particularly adversely affected by table service only due to their limited space.
The BBPA is urging the Government to commit to 21st June for the lifting of all restrictions, including removal of social distancing and allowing vertical drinking and bar service to resume.
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “We calculate 45,000 pubs to have opened across the UK and 3 million pints to be served on Monday alone. However, that is 1.6 million pints less than what they would have sold on a typical Monday before the pandemic. This is by no means the end of the crisis for our sector. We need pubs fully reopened without any restrictions at all on June 21st if they are to survive and trade viably. The countdown to freedom, and recovery, is on.”
The emergence of the Indian variant of Covid-19 has cast some doubt on whether the full restrictions will be removed by the dates set out in the roadmap. Upholding his ‘data not dates’ mantra Boris Johnson said: “At the moment, I can see nothing that dissuades me from thinking we will be able to go ahead on June 21, everywhere, but there may be things we have to do locally and we will not hesitate to do them if that is the advice we get.”