The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has called the third national lockdown “yet another blow” to the pub sector, and is now urging the government to provide a comprehensive pub support package to target businesses in the sector.
In response to prime minister Boris Johnson’s lockdown announcement yesterday (4 January), the trade association said the news follows an “abysmally quiet” Christmas and New Year’s for the industry, which saw many pubs remain closed over the busiest time of the year.
According to the BBPA, the latest announcement “adds to the woes” of pubs, and shows that they are a long way from reopening properly, adding that the “road to recovery for the pub sector just got longer”.
It warned that a wave of business failures is “imminent” unless a greater package of financial support from the government is given to secure both pubs and the brewers that supply them.
Emma McClarkin, CEO of the BBPA, said: “Having made it this far through the crisis, it would be disastrous if the Prime Minister didn’t now deliver the support our sector needs to ensure it makes it through to Easter when we hope to return back to normality.
“Without such support, this lockdown will just tip pubs over the edge meaning jobs vital to communities across England will be lost forever to the detriment of the economy in the long term.”
She added: “Ultimately we know that pubs will eventually be a part of the way out of this crisis and back to normality. Some are even offering themselves up as vaccine hubs, which drives home the fact losing them would do untold harm to our communities.”