Derry and Strabane pubs need financial help to survive local lockdown closures – CAMRA NI
Commenting on the decision to limit pubs in the Derry and Strabane Council area to takeaways, delivery and outdoor dining only, Chairperson of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan said:
“These restrictions will be a big cause of concern for pubs in the area and their ability to stay open, turn a profit and pay their staff.
“The Executive must urgently introduce a new financial support package for pubs and breweries in the area to help them cope with reduced trade that will come as a result of these restrictions. This is the only way to avoid permanent pub closures and job losses.
“The vast majority of pubs and pub-goers are doing the right thing. They are acting responsibly and willing to do whatever is necessary to provide a safe, Covid-secure place for communities to meet and enjoy the wellbeing benefits of having a pint with friends and family. Pubs deserve government help during these challenging times so they can survive and thrive in the future and continue to be at the heart of our communities.
“CAMRA NI continues to encourage people in the North West to support local pubs, and the local breweries that serve them, by making use of those offering any takeaway and delivery services and buying locally produced beers as much as possible during this period of restrictions, in order to help our local businesses during these tough times.”