Pubs ask for reopening plan after £7.8bn drop in beer sales

The beer and pub sector has urged the UK government to give a clear timeline and date for when pubs can reopen.

It comes after trading restrictions and lockdowns led to a drop of 56% (£7.8bn) in sales of beer last year.

What’s more, up to 87 million pints of beer are thought to have been wasted since the coronavirus pandemic started. At an average cost per pint of £3.81 in a pub, it means that pubs have lost £331m in revenue on beer that they have been forced to destroy because of the three lockdowns and tier restrictions.

Setting out a recovery roadmap to reopen pubs after the current lockdown, the British Beer & Pub Association argued that once the most vulnerable have been vaccinated, “pubs must reopen when non-essential retail and other parts of the hospitality sector reopen”.

The trade association added that mandatory trading restrictions — such as alcoholic drinks served only with a substantial meal, no mixed households and the 10pm curfew — must be removed when pubs reopen. And it said that further financial support will be needed to help businesses stay afloat.

The government has said that it has a plan for reopening the economy which it will reveal after 22 February, BBC News reported.