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Only a quarter of the pubs reopened after the lockdown. Many remain closed as Tier 2 is not worth opening


Only a quarter of the pubs reopened after the lockdown, with many remaining closed as the Association of the Pub Industry said it was not worth opening in Tier 2.

A poll of pubs last week found that only 27 percent reopened after the lockdown ended on December 2nd.

However, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), which conducted the survey, warned that many pubs will have to close again due to the low level of trade under the restrictive tier rules.

Most of the UK is in Tier 2, which prohibits the sale of alcohol to customers unless accompanied by one & # 39; substantial dish & # 39 ;.

A poll of pubs last week found that only 27 percent reopened after the lockdown ended on December 2nd

The hospitality industry in Tier 3 is even more restricted as pubs can only have one take-away service.

According to Altus Group, only 729 of the country's 37,552 pubs are on Tier 1, the only level where drinkers can connect with friends indoors.

British Beer and Pub Association executive director Emma McClarkin said it was "ridiculous" for pubs to close after investing millions in making their premises safe for customers.

"After investing £ 500million in security measures to make sure they are Covid-safe, it is ridiculous that many of our pubs are being forced to unfairly shut," she said.

"It's clear that the meager one-time payment of £ 1,000 for pubs this Christmas won't be nearly enough to save those who just can't open or are completely unprofitable."

Speaking to The Telegraph, she warned that many pubs are already fearful of further closings as trade will be small under the strict animal restrictions.

"It's just a shame that few are allowed to reopen and do well under the tough new restrictions they are facing now," she said.

"For the pubs that are reopening, some fear that they might close again this week because they expect such little trade."

In Wales, pubs, restaurants and cafes will be banned from serving alcohol on Fridays and will no longer be able to open to customers after 6pm.

Wetherspoons replied that it would close all of its 50 pubs in Wales as "it was not viable to stay open".

The pub chain later said it would keep eight pubs open and effectively act as cafes rather than pubs.

Tim Martin, Chairman of Wetherspoons, said: “We have long been confused about the low number of broadcasts in pubs. We have no cases at all where the virus is transmitted from employees to customers or vice versa. & # 39;

The British Beer and Pub Association warned that many pubs could close again as trade is so low in Tier 2. In Wales, pubs, restaurants and cafes will be banned from serving alcohol on Fridays and will no longer be able to open to customers after 6pm. Pictured: The Borough Pub in Cardiff before closing on Friday

The British Beer and Pub Association warned that many pubs could close again as trade is so low in Tier 2. In Wales, pubs, restaurants and cafes will be banned from serving alcohol on Fridays and will no longer be able to open to customers after 6pm. Pictured: The Borough Pub in Cardiff before closing on Friday

Figures from Public Health England showed that only 128 of 4,687 infections across England were linked to bars, cafes, pubs and restaurants in the four weeks ending October.

On Tuesday the government announced a £ 1,000 Christmas scholarship to drink-run pubs. However, industry experts estimate that rented pubs are losing an average of £ 500 to £ 600 per week.

More than 6,200 jobs have already been lost in large pub chains and many thousands have been laid off by smaller landlords.

Restaurants and restaurants are not included in the five-day relaxation rules over Christmas, which allows three households to mingle at home.

A government spokesman said: "We have acted quickly to provide businesses with one of the largest financial support packages in the world, valued at £ 280 billion, including the extension of the vacation program, various loan programs, a business-rate vacation and the deferment of VAT and grants of up to £ 3,000 per month for those who need to close. & # 39;

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