CAMRA welcomes ministerial taskforce on re-opening pubs

The Campaign of Real Ale (CAMRA) has responded to the government’s announcement that a ministerial taskforce will be set up by the Department for Business to plan for re-opening pubs and restaurants safely.

CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said that the organisation has welcomed the announcement of a taskforce to help pubs re-open and operate safely within social distancing guidelines.

The news comes as the government revealed five new ministerial-led task forces have been set up to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain.

The government said businesses and shops in indoor environments or with closer contact between people, like pubs, hotels and non-essential retail, will likely have a higher risk of transmission.

Antona said: “Pubs are a key part of our social fabric and it is vital that people can safely support them when they’re-open so that they can weather the difficult weeks and months ahead. 

“It’s clear that some types of pubs won’t be able to open and operate successfully with social distancing measures, and we want the government to pay particular attention to how they can support those pubs to ensure their future survival.”

He added: “Pubs will require ongoing financial support both during lockdown and after restrictions lift, and we look forward to working with the taskforce to ensure clarity and support is outlined in every step of the process.”

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