England tiers announcement another devastating blow for pubs
Responding to the announcement that most of England will remain in Tiers 2 and 3 over the Christmas period, CAMRA’s Chief Executive Tom Stainer said:
“Pubs and breweries across England had been hoping for some good news which would allow them to get some much-needed money through the tills at what would be their busiest time of year.
“However, the announcement that the vast majority of the country will stay in Tier 2 or 3, with large parts of the East and South East joining London going into Tier 3, is another devastating blow for the beer and pubs industry when they had hoped there was light at the end of the tunnel.
“This week, thousands of consumers, publicans and brewers have taken to Twitter to share why #PubsMatter to them. Ministers must recognise that local pubs are a force for good, bringing communities together and playing a key role in tackling loneliness and social isolation. Allowing a limited number of people to socialise safely in COVID-secure pubs in all tiers is vital not just for businesses – but also for our communities and to people’s mental wellbeing.
“With even more pubs forced to shut for Christmas, now more than ever, we need a new, long-term, sector-specific financial support plan to make sure that otherwise-viable pubs, clubs and breweries up and down the country can survive into the new year without having to close down for good.”