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  • England and Scotland fans to buy 3.4 MILLION pints during Euros clash  

    18 June 2021

    But ongoing restrictions will severely reduce boost of tournament to pubs in both nations, trade association warns The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that England and Scotland fans will buy 3.4 million pints on Friday 18th June when the Three Lions play the Tartan Army in group D of UEFA EURO 2020. However, the trade association warned that the boost to pubs in both nations from beer sales during the match will be severely hampered by ongoing restrictions, including social distancing, no standing and the rule of six. The trade association says these restrictions will greatly reduce the experience of watching UEFA EURO 2020 at the pub and will limit the number of customers pubs can have viewing the match. Because of this, it estimates that beer sales during the match will be almost 850,000 pints lower than if the game was being showed without restrictions. This, the trade association says, will result in a loss of revenue to pubs in England and Scotland of £3.2 million on Friday alone, which would have been vital to the sector’s recovery. Overall, the trade association estimates 14.8 million pints will be sold in England and Scotland on Friday. 3.4 million of these will be sold during the game itself across both nations. A survey of 1,000 pub goers by the British Beer & Pub Association and KAM Media found that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. Half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted, despite 91% of football fans saying they missed watching matches at the pub during lockdown.*   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Whether you’re supporting England or Scotland, nothing beats watching the game at the pub. “We expect fans of both nations to buy 3.4 million pints when watching the game itself. “Unfortunately, the current restrictions on pubs in both nations mean the experience isn’t going to be the same. No standing and limits on group sizes, as well as social distancing, are going to severely reduce the number of people who can enjoy the game in the pub. “Because of this, we expect pubs in England and Scotland to sell 850,000 pints less than they would have done without restrictions. “That will cost pubs in both countries £3.2 million. Given pubs have been closed or faced restrictions for more than a year in both England and Scotland, every little helps and is critical to their recovery and survival. “Given the delay in England to the lockdown and with rumours suggesting a similar delay could be coming in Scotland, it is a real great shame that fans will not even be able to enjoy the tournament without restrictions in the latter stages. All restrictions on pubs in England and Scotland must be removed as soon as possible for our sector to survive and recover.”   *Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.  

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  • Wales fans buy 250,000 pints during Euros match against Turkey

    17 June 2021

    But ongoing restrictions severely reduce boost to pubs, trade association warns The Welsh Beer & Pub Association (WBPA) has estimated that Wales fans bought 250,000 pints during the match between Wales and Turkey on Wednesday 16th June for UEFA EURO 2020. However, the trade association warned that the boost to pubs from the match was severely hampered by ongoing restrictions, including two metre social distancing, no standing and the rule of six. The trade association says these ongoing restrictions are negatively impacting the experience of watching UEFA EURO 2020 at the pub and are limiting the number of customers pubs can have viewing the match. Because of this, it has estimated that beer sales during the match against Turkey were 60,000 pints lower than if the game had been shown without restrictions. This, the trade association says, will have resulted in a loss of revenue to pubs in Wales from the match of £235,000 during the match alone, which would have been vital to the sector’s recovery. Overall, the trade association estimates 480,000 pints were sold on Wednesday 16th June, with 250,000 of those being sold during the game itself. A survey of 1,000 pub goers by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and KAM Media found that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. Half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted, despite 91% of football fans saying they missed watching matches at the pub during lockdown.* As more and more individuals receive their vaccination, and to give the nation a return to normality and enjoy such national occasions as UEFA Euro 2020 properly, the WBPA is urging the Welsh Government to indicate when the sector can expect to have all restrictions on pubs removed. Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Welsh Beer & Pub Association, said: “Nothing beats watching the football at the pub. We reckon Wales fans bought 250,000 extra pints when watching Wales play Turkey on Wednesday. “The current restrictions on pubs do mean the experience isn’t the same. No standing and limits on group sizes, as well as social distancing, are going to severely reduce the number of people who can enjoy the game in the pub. “Because of this, we expect Welsh pubs sold 60,000 fewer pints during the game than they would have done without restrictions. That cost Welsh pubs almost £235,000 during the game alone. Given our pubs have been closed or faced restrictions for more than a year, every little helps and is critical to our recovery and survival. “More and more people are getting the vaccine each day. It’s time for the restrictions on our freedoms to be replaced by the protection of the vaccination and for businesses and life to get back to normal. We need a clear signal from the Welsh Government as to when restrictions will begin to be lifted, it is vital for confidence in our sector. The Countdown to Freedom is on.”   * Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.      

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  • Hospitality and pub industry leaders write to Prime Minister demanding support after roadmap delay

    15 June 2021

    Trade bodies including BBPA, UKH and BII “bitterly disappointed” by delay which will cost pub sector alone £400 million Hospitality and pub industry leaders including the BBPA, UKH, BII and CAMRA have today written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson demanding support for their sector, following the delay to the roadmap for reopening which will mean restrictions are not removed until July 19th at the earliest. The hospitality sector leaders have said they are “bitterly disappointed” by the delay to the full reopening of their sector, which will cost pubs £400 million alone. As a result, they have urged the Prime Minister to delay the reintroduction of business rates payments, which would cost the sector some £93 million in just July, by at least three months. They have also called on the Prime Minister to prioritise the additional £1.5 billion business rates support package announced back in March, to ensure eligible businesses such as brewers can apply as soon as possible.   A spokesperson said: “Our sector is facing one of its toughest periods in its history and this latest delay is yet another setback. “Many pubs cannot break even under current restrictions and around 2,300 still remain closed. “It is now absolutely critical that the Government provides our sector with further support – else the recovery of our pubs will be over before they’ve even been given a chance.”

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  • Four week delay to lifting of restrictions will cost pubs £400 million, full reopening must go ahead on July 19th

    14 June 2021

    BBPA responds to delay in roadmap and lifting of all COVID restrictions The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today responded to the announcement that there will be a four week delay in the lifting of COVID restrictions. The delay will mean all remaining COVID restrictions, including those on pubs, will stay in place until July 19th. The BBPA has said the delay in the roadmap for full reopening will cost pubs £400 million for this period alone. £100 million per week of closure. The trade association now has real fears of a lost summer for pubs, as confidence deteriorates and bookings are cancelled due to current restrictions staying in place. It says there can be no further delays now to the full reopening of pubs, and that all restrictions must be lifted on July 19th . Until then, it says a further package of support will now be required to see many pubs through the year.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Delaying the removal of COVID restrictions by four weeks is incredibly hard for our sector to stomach. “The delay will cost our pubs £400 million for this period alone, but inevitably much more as confidence deteriorates and as a key part of the summer season is lost that is so critical to our sectors viability. “Each week of the delay will cost pubs £100 million. “Pubs and licensees are struggling to recover with the current restrictions they face and debts are accumulating. Every week the current restrictions stay and uncertainty continues, the likelihood of pubs being lost forever increases. “A full package of Government support is now critical for our sector until it is guaranteed to open fully without any restrictions. “Our pubs require as a minimum an immediate three month extension to the business rates holiday, the ability to defer loan payments due now and a further extension of VAT support. Grants for businesses particularly affected, such as those pubs who cannot still reopen because of the current restrictions, must now also be put in place.”

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  • England fans to buy 3 MILLION pints whilst watching Three Lions vs Croatia at Euros

    11 June 2021

    But ongoing restrictions will severely reduce boost of tournament to pubs, trade association warns The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has predicted that England fans will buy 3 million pints on Sunday 13th June when the Three Lions play Croatia in their opening match of UEFA EURO 2020. However, the trade association warned that the boost to pubs from beer sales during the match will be severely hampered by ongoing restrictions, including one metre plus social distancing, no standing and the rule of six. The trade association says these restrictions will greatly reduce the experience of watching UEFA EURO 2020 at the pub and will limit the number of customers they can have viewing the match. Because of this, it estimates that beer sales during the match will be almost 1 million pints lower than if the game was being showed without restrictions. This, the trade association says, will result in a loss of revenue to pubs in England of £3 million on Sunday alone, which would have been vital to the sectors recovery. Overall, the trade association estimates 10 million pints will be sold on Sunday, with 3 million of those being sold during the game itself. In comparison, when England last played Croatia at the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, where there were no restrictions, the BBPA says 10 million pints were sold during the match itself. Whilst there was a surge in demand to watch England at the pub due to the semi-final, the BBPA says this illustrates the severe impact restrictions will have on viewings of the Euros in pubs. A survey of 1,000 pub goers by the British Beer & Pub Association and KAM Media found that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. Half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted, despite 91% of football fans saying they missed watching matches at the pub during lockdown.* As more and more individuals across the UK receive their vaccination, and to give Brits a return to normality and enjoy such a national occasion as UEFA Euro 2020 properly, the BBPA is urging the Government to remove all restrictions for pubs on June 21st.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Nothing beats watching England at the pub. We expect Brits to buy 3 million pints when in the pub watching England play Croatia. “Unfortunately, the current restrictions on pubs do mean the experience isn’t going to be the same. No standing and limits on group sizes, as well as social distancing, are going to severely reduce the number of people who can enjoy the game in the pub. “Because of this, we expect pubs to sell 1 million pints less than they would have done without restrictions. That will cost our pubs £3 million on Sunday alone. Given our pubs have been closed or faced restrictions for more than a year, every little helps and is critical to our recovery and survival. “More and more people are getting the vaccine each day. It’s time for the restrictions on our freedoms to be replaced by the protection of the vaccination and for businesses and life to get back to normal. The Countdown to Freedom is on.”   *Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.

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  • 85% of football fans say restrictions will ruin watching Euros at pub this summer

    09 June 2021

    BBPA urges for restrictions to be lifted on June 21st as part of Countdown to Freedom campaign  The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today revealed that 85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will negatively impact their experience of watching UEFA Euro 2020 at the pub this summer. The finding, from a survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the BBPA, illustrates the impact ongoing restrictions are having on the viability of pubs and to everyday lives, the trade association said. In the same survey, 91% of pub going football fans said they missed watching the football at the pub when they were fully closed during lockdowns. However, half said they would be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their pub if all restrictions on pubs are lifted. At present, pubs are required to ensure one metre plus social distancing is in place, operate table service only and ensure that face masks are worn other than when sat at a table inside or if outdoors. Group sizes are also limited indoors to just six people and bar or standing drinking is not permitted anywhere. The BBPA says these restrictions are particularly problematic for pubs showing UEFA Euro 2020 as they greatly limit the number of guests they can let into their pub to watch games and in turn their sales of pints and food. Football matches, especially tournaments, have long been crucial to the pub sector with fans of various teams flocking to their local each weekend to watch matches with friends. During World Cup 2018, which saw England progress to the semi-final of the tournament, BBPA figures show that an extra 40 MILLION pints were sold in pubs on top of normal trade. As more and more individuals across the UK receive their vaccination, and to give Brits a return to normality and enjoy such a national occasion as UEFA Euro 2020 properly, the BBPA is urging the Government to remove all restrictions for pubs on June 21st. It says this is needed because the damage the restrictions are having on the viability of pubs, brewers and hospitality businesses are impeding their recovery and threatening their very survival. It also says that if England, Scotland or Wales proceed to the later stages of the tournament, it will give more fans a chance to enjoy the occasion properly. The trade association has launched its “Countdown to Freedom” campaign urging the Government to remove restrictions on pubs and the wider hospitality sector on June 21st.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “When it comes to watching England, Scotland or Wales at the Euros, only being at the game itself can compare with being at the pubs. “Unfortunately, under the current restrictions they face, watching the Euros at the pub just won’t be the same as normal. Table service only, groups of up to six indoors and no standing drinking are going to crush the atmosphere. “85% of pub-going football fans believe the current restrictions will ruin the Euros experience at the pub. Half say they will be more likely to watch UEFA Euro 2020 at their local if all restrictions on pubs are lifted. “It is a great shame as we know 91% of pub going football fans missed watching the game at the pub during lockdowns. Clearly people miss these freedoms they used to take for granted. “More and more people are getting the vaccine each day. It’s time for the restrictions on our freedoms to be replaced by the protection of the vaccination and for businesses and life to get back to normal. The Countdown to Freedom is on.”       Survey of 1,000 pub goers conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association between Friday 28th and Monday 31st May.    

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