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Pubs in Limbo After Omission From Government Coronavirus Update

Social distancing measures will be more catastrophic for them than for restaurants

A closed London pub during coronavirus lockdown
Pub owners are still waiting for clarity
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Pubs face “financial devastation” in absence of defined government strategy

Boris Johnson’s coronavirus lockdown update gave restaurants and cafes a reopening date to put in their diaries: 1 July. While far from certain, it was, at least, a date. U.K. pubs had no such luck, renewing fears that the hospitality sector most susceptible to social distancing measures is on the verge of annihilation. Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said “The industry was looking for a glimmer of hope today … but it looks like we have more weeks of uncertainty ahead of us,” reports the Guardian.

With the restaurants and cafes permitted to open 1 July likely to be those with outdoor space, pubs with beer gardens might see some hope ahead. But with many in the sector having labelled those measures “catastrophic,” and foreign secretary Dominic Raab this morning offering both a new date (4 July) and mixed messages (some pubs could open by then, absent criteria as to which ones) there’s no sign of clarity anytime soon. [Guardian]

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