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Tier Two restrictions will decimate pubs without a proper package of financial support

BBPA responds to tier two measures set to be placed in regions across the UK including London, Essex, York and Chesterfield

The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to the news that tier two Covid-19 measures will be placed on various regions across the UK including London, Essex, York, Chesterfield, Barrow, Erewash and North East Derbyshire.

The trade association says a stronger, “proper package” of financial support for pubs, brewers and their supply chains in these areas will be needed if they are to survive. It says that pubs were already struggling to survive due to the current restrictions in place, low consumer confidence and lack of tourists and commuters in cities and towns. The additional tier two restrictions, which stop households from mixing indoors and further erodes consumer confidence will lead to the permanent closure of many pubs, unless there is an improved package of support to help compensate for the vast reduction in their revenue. 

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Tier two restrictions will decimate pubs, brewers and their supply chains in these regions unless a proper package of support is given to them.

“All pubs are already particularly struggling due to the current restrictions of the 10pm curfew, rule of six and low consumer confidence exacerbated by low footfall caused by a lack of tourists and commuters. These further restrictions will leave most pubs fighting for their very survival.

“Tier two measures mean pubs can remain open, but households cannot mix inside them. This completely kills our pubs’ business model making many of them totally unviable, yet under tier two restrictions they are not eligible for any additional financial support from Government, unlike in tier three where additional support is provided. The knock-on effect to brewers and pubs’ supply chain partners will devastate them too without more support.

“Without additional financial support, specifically access to financial grants and a job retention scheme closer to that in tier three, many pubs will be closing their doors for good.

“The Government must now do the right thing and immediately announce financial support measures to ensure pubs in these regions can survive, to continue serving their local communities and supporting thousands of jobs. They must also clarify how long these restrictions will be in place and what criteria the decisions for moving in and out of the tiering system will be based on. We urge the Government to work with us on this.”


Press release from BBPA

For more information, contact Nick Lawrie [nlawrie@beerandpub.com]

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