BBPA predicts 21m fewer pint sales

Over 40m pints of beer to be sold over the spring bank holiday weekend – 21m fewer pints than normal.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has estimated that 42m pints of beer will be sold in Britain’s pubs over the spring bank holiday weekend – 21m fewer pints than normal.

The trade association says that despite a positive looking first week of indoor and outdoor trading, the restrictions currently placed on pubs, including table service only, are significantly reducing the number of customers they can host and thus the number of pints they are selling.

It means that this bank holiday weekend pubs could lose out on £80m in revenue from pint sales – down 34% on revenue for a normal spring bank holiday weekend and, crucially, revenue that could be the difference between survival and closure for so many pubs.

At present, approximately 95% of the UK’s 47,000 pubs have reopened. However, they face significant restrictions that greatly limit their ability to trade as viable businesses. These restrictions include table service only, one metre-plus social distancing, table sizes of up to six indoors and no bar service.

Upwards of 2,000 pubs are still closed, unable to reopen under the current restrictions in place because they are too small to do social distancing or table service only.

The BBPA has once again stated that all restrictions must be removed in pubs on 21 June, as per the government’s roadmap.

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