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Licensing / Pubs / 03 July 2020

BBPA welcomes Boris Johnson’s call for restraint as pubs reopen

Trade association says only a tiny number of pubs will be opening at 6am if any at all

The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s call for pub goers to be responsible and follow measures put in place in pubs to ensure their safety, when they reopen from tomorrow.

In his speech, the Prime Minister noted that pubs had gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of their customers as they reopen.

Alongside the National Police Chiefs’ Council, UKHospitality and the London Nightime Economy Czar, the trade association this week issued a joint statement urging pub goers to follow guidelines and measures put in place in pubs, so everyone can enjoy them safely.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“It is great to see the Prime Minister recognise the lengths our pubs have gone to in order to reopen safely from tomorrow.

“We are all excited to see our locals reopen after so long and the wait is nearly over. We echo the Prime Minister’s call and urge pub goers who plan on visiting their local this Saturday to act responsibly, follow the measures in place and help pub landlords and staff to open in the best way possible. Doing so will ensure everyone can enjoy the return to the pubs we love so much, safely.”

The trade association also responded to reports that No 10 Downing Street has confirmed that pubs will not be able to reopen until 6am on Saturday, citing that the overwhelming majority of pubs will not be opening their doors at 6am. This is because the time a pub can open and serve beer is based on its licence, and the vast majority of pub licences mean they cannot reopen and serve beer until 11am on Saturday.

Commenting on this, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“Whilst pubs in theory can reopen from 6am tomorrow, the reality is that only a tiny number of them will be opening at that time if any at all. Even then, it will be primarily to serve breakfast. The overwhelming majority of pubs have licences that mean they cannot open and serve beer until 11am on Saturday.”

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