Trade Associations

CAMRA welcomes easing of takeaway beer restrictions

Trade associations have welcomed the government’s plans to ease restrictions on the takeaway sale of beer and cider from restaurants during lockdown.

According to new legislation, pre-ordered alcohol can be collected by customers as long as they do not enter the premises.

Nik Antona, CAMRA’s national chairman, said: “I am delighted that the government has listened to the concerns of thousands of CAMRA members, concerned pub-goers, and beer lovers who have e-mailed their MPs in the last 48 hours urging the Government to allow pubs and breweries to sell alcohol as takeaway during the second lockdown.

“This is a vital lifeline for local pubs and breweries across England over the coming four weeks, giving them a lifeline of income and allowing people to support local businesses.”

He added: “CAMRA continues to call on the Government to bring in a comprehensive, long-term financial support package to support all pubs and breweries through the lockdown and the tough months that will follow this winter. Without a sector-specific support package, we risk seeing thousands of pubs and breweries closing their doors for good.”

Kate Nicholls, UKHospitality’s chief executive, said: “It is a welcome and helpful clarification that restaurants and pubs will be permitted to continue with off-licence sales of alcohol through delivery, click and collect and takeaway for pre-ordered sales. 

“Having that channel of revenue was a lifeline to many businesses in the first lockdown.”

She added: “This also means that the valuable community service that pubs, in particular, provide to communities, can be sustained during a second lockdown, the prospect of which will be concerning many vulnerable and lonely people who suffered during the first lockdown. 

“The delivery and collection provisions also represent a common sense approach to minimising waste. That those venues can also open as a shop, including as an off licence, is also welcome.”

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