The government’s continued draconian tier system is wiping out the livelihoods of pub owners and they are yet to face their “darkest moments,” an expert has warned.
More than 600,000 pub workers have lost their jobs with many more on the line, and thousands of pubs have described 2020 as a “total nightmare.”
Pubs and bars spent thousands to be Covid ready only to be told to close again with the second national lockdown and now the government’s new teir system.
The Good Pub Guide were asked if this could be the beginging of the end for the great British pub.
Fiona Stapley from the Good Pub Guide said: “Despite being battle-weary and worried sick about keeping their businesses up and running, I am pleased to say that these plucky, extraordinary people retain a teeny spark of hope.
“All know that the road into 2021, or until a vaccine is widely available, is going to be frighteningly rocky, but they do believe that if they are able to pull together with loyal customers, local suppliers, a helpful bank and a great deal of energy and luck, many will survive.
“But it is imperative that we support them because the British pub is special. It is the beating heart and focal point of countless communities, where customers from all walks of life come together and where you can be sure of a warm welcome, a frothing pint and a friendly smile.”
Chief executive Emma McClarkin of the The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) said, “These numbers illustrate the perilous situation our pubs find themselves in this Christmas.
“The tier restrictions that have been unfairly placed on our pubs are killing them. This must change, or thousands of pubs simply won’t survive.”
The hospitality sector was the third largest employer in the UK by the end of 2019, UK Hospitality chief, Kate Nicholls said.