Support package essential to save pubs and jobs – CAMRA NI
Commenting on the Executive’s decision to delay the opening of pubs that don’t serve food, Chair of consumer group CAMRA Northern Ireland Ruth Sloan said:
“The news of this delay is a devastating blow for the industry which we fear could result in permanent closures and further job losses – especially where pubs have invested their dwindling reserves in order to prepare to reopen safely.
“It is essential that the Executive and the UK Government now work together to provide a new support package for pubs to help them survive, which includes extending the furlough scheme to protect businesses and jobs.
“If pubs close for good, our outdated licensing laws mean it is even more likely that small towns and villages will lose their social hubs forever.
“We look forward to being able to use pubs in a safe and responsible way as quickly as possible so that everyone can enjoy the wellbeing benefits of having a pint with friends and family while supporting our well-loved locals.”