Extra financial support to save our pubs missing from pathway document: CAMRA NI
Responding to the publication of the Executive’s pathway document for moving out of lockdown, Chair of consumer group CAMRA NI (the Campaign for Real Ale) Ruth Sloan said:
“Whilst there is now light at the end of the tunnel for pubs and breweries, today’s announcement means there is still a long way to go until we get a full and proper re-opening.
“The reintroduction of rules requiring food to be ordered in order to have an alcoholic drink and traditional ‘wet-led’ pubs only being allowed to open later in the year will be a concern to publicans, pub staff and pub-goers.
“Many locals won’t be able to turn a profit, with many not being viable to open at all whilst restrictions like meal requirements and table-service only are in place in the coming months.
“That’s why CAMRA is urging the Executive to make sure there is enough dedicated financial support for our pubs, breweries and cider makers as long as they can’t trade at full capacity.”