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11th May 2021

The BII welcomes PM’s confirmation on the move to Step 3, but pubs will not recover until all restrictions are lifted

The BII welcomes the Prime Minister’s confirmation this afternoon that we can now move to Step 3 on the roadmap, allowing pubs in England to reopen indoors from Monday 17th May.

For many BII members this will begin the long road to recovery as they start rebuilding their businesses.

Steven Alton, BII CEO commented:

“Whilst we welcome this next stage for many of our members, we fully recognise that the remaining restrictions that limit capacity in venues, will severely impact on profitable trading.

“Our members’ pubs will not start their recovery until all restrictions are removed, no later than 21st June 2021. It is critical that Government confirms this at the earliest opportunity, to allow our members time to plan for a full reopening, financially and operationally.

“We would urge the devolved nations to urgently confirm the conditions for full reopening of our members’ pubs across the UK.”

Notes to the editor:

About the British Institute of Innkeeping: 

The BII is the leading independent licensee support organisation for individuals working in hospitality, with over 9,000 individual members running premises across the UK – predominantly tenanted, leased, managed and freehold pubs. The organisation provides expert helplines, online business support, and guidance on key industry issues, face-to-face networking opportunities and savings on a range of supply deals for its members.

Press release from the BII

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Molly Davis,