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

    03 July 2020

    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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  • British Beer & Pub Association to support new taskforce for pubs and restaurants

    13 May 2020

    Trade association will be contributing its expertise and intelligence to new taskforce to help pubs re-open after COVID-19 lockdown The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed the creation of five new ministerial-led taskforces to develop plans for how and when closed sectors can reopen safely, following publication of the UK’s roadmap to rebuild Britain. One of the new taskforces will specifically look at pubs and restaurants and will be led by the Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy (BEIS). Its objective will be to get intelligence and expert input from the pub trade – with contributions from the BBPA – to create secure relevant sectoral guidelines in line with public health directions. The British Beer & Pub Association is already working very closely with BEIS on the support pubs and brewers need through this crisis, and for re-opening, and looks forward to continuing this relationship and offering its expert advice by further contributing to the new taskforce. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:   “We greatly welcome the creation of this taskforce for pubs and restaurants and will be providing our expertise to help our sector to open as safely and quickly as possible. “As an organisation that already works closely with the Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy, we look forward to continuing our work with them to ensure the recovery of our sector. “In contributing to the taskforce we aim to get pubs on track for reopening as soon as possible. We will be sharing all our intelligence and expertise on the beer and pub sector. We will also provide pubs for pilot testing of new COVID-19 secure guidelines. “We believe that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but without additional support now – particularly for those who won’t be able to re-open sooner – many more of our nation’s pubs and the brewers that supply them with beer will struggle to survive closure and beyond. We’ll therefore continue to press the Government for the ongoing support our sector needs.”

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