Four in 10 pubs may soon close without extra support, says trade body
Four in 10 British pubs won’t survive beyond September unless they get extra support from the government to see them through the lockdown, the industry’s trade body has said.
The British Beer and Pubs Association said a survey of its members found that 19,000 out of the UK’s 47,000 pubs believe they may be forced to shut their doors for good within months, at a cost of 320,000 jobs.
The government is preparing to announce a gradual easing of lockdown measures that could lead to pubs starting to reopen by autumn.
But the BBPA said that even this would leave pubs on a knife-edge, with many expecting to run out of cash before the end of September.“Nearly half of the UK’s pubs could close unless the government does more to help them,” said the BBPA chief executive, Emma McClarkin. “For the sake of communities and jobs across the UK – as well as the very institution of the great British pub – the government cannot allow that to happen.
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