The BBPA has said a stronger, proper package of financial support for pubs, brewers and their supply chains is needed if they are to survive.
Responding to the news that Tier Two Covid-19 measures will be placed on various regions across the UK, including London, Essex, York, Chesterfield, Barrow, Erewash and North East Derbyshire, the BBPA says that pubs were already struggling to survive due to the current restrictions in place, low consumer confidence and lack of tourists and commuters in cities and towns.
The trade body has stressed that the additional Tier Two restrictions, which stop households from mixing indoors and further erodes consumer confidence, will lead to the permanent closure of many pubs, unless there is an improved package of support to help compensate for the vast reduction in their revenue.
“All pubs are already particularly struggling due to the current restrictions of the 10pm curfew, rule of six and low consumer confidence exacerbated by low footfall caused by a lack of tourists and commuters,” says Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA. “These further restrictions will leave most pubs fighting for their very survival.
Tier Two measures mean pubs can remain open, but households cannot mix inside them.
“This completely kills our pubs’ business model making many of them totally unviable, yet under Tier Two restrictions they are not eligible for any additional financial support from government, unlike in Tier Three where additional support is provided,” adds McClarkin. “The knock-on effect to brewers and pubs’ supply chain partners will devastate them too without more support.
“The government must now do the right thing and immediately announce financial support measures to ensure pubs in these regions can survive, to continue serving their local communities and supporting thousands of jobs. They must also clarify how long these restrictions will be in place and what criteria the decisions for moving in and out of the tiering system will be based on. We urge the government to work with us on this.”