Tier 3 restrictions will see 1,250 pubs close, BBPA says

The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has said that the government’s decision to put parts of London and the South East into Tier 3 restrictions will force 1,250 pubs to close. 

It follows an announcement by UK health secretary Matt Hancock which stated that as of Wednesday (16 December), bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants in the capital and nearby areas will only be able to remain open for takeaway and delivery services. 

At the time, the secretary said the decision was necessary due to a “sharp rise” in Covid infections in those areas. 

The trade association has now said that a stronger package of financial support is “vital” for pubs and breweries across the country, as the latest restrictions are likely to see venues closed through the lead up to Christmas and over the New Year trading periods.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “Moving into tier three is another nail in the coffin for London’s pubs, as well as those affected in parts of Hertfordshire and Essex

“It could completely destroy many pubs in London and parts of Hertfordshire and Essex who have taken bookings for the lead up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve if the tiers don’t change before then. It is cruel on hardworking publicans doing all they can to support their communities and invest in implementing all the required safety measures.”

She added: “Especially as the Government’s own evidence shows pubs are safe.It is also cruel in stopping friends, families and loved-ones from using their local this Christmas as a safe space to socialise in, with all the evidence showing that pubs are ranked amongst the lowest places for transmission. 

“In London alone, it will now see the final 1,250 pubs who had remained open in tier two which were supporting 8,000 livelihoods forced to close. A far bigger package of financial support, with wider eligibility for all businesses impacted, across all regions, is needed if our sector is to survive the tier two and three restrictions this winter.”

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