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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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  • Welsh Government announces reopening date for pub beer gardens

    02 July 2020

    British Beer & Pub Association calls on Welsh Government to give clear date for when ALL pubs can reopen in Wales The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing Britain’s brewers and pubs, has today urged the Welsh Government to confirm when all pubs – rather than just those with outdoor space – will be able to reopen in Wales as a matter of urgency. The call comes as the Welsh Government today announced that pub beer gardens will be able to reopen from 13th July with two metre social distancing in place, as long as the COVID-19 virus continues to abate. It is not yet clear when pubs will be able to fully reopen in Wales, the Welsh Government would only confirm that this would be looked at “later”. Wales is the only part of the UK without a restart date for indoor hospitality. All pubs in England – outdoor and indoor – can reopen from 4th July. In Scotland, pubs can open their beer gardens from 6th July and indoors from 15th July.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The Welsh Government must follow the lead of the rest of the UK and give our pubs in Wales a definitive date on when they can fully reopen. “Whilst the announcement today that beer gardens in Wales will be able to reopen is a step forward for pubs in Wales, we still need further clarity on the situation concerning indoor hospitality. “There will be ludicrous cases of villages close to the border where those pubs on the England side of the boundary will be fully reopened, but those on the Welsh side will be closed or just operating from their pub beer garden only. “We also urge Wales to adopt the one metre plus guidance being used in England to help ensure consistency and ease of implementation across all pubs.”

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  • Joint statement from the British Beer & Pub Association, UKHospitality, the London Night Czar and the National Police Chiefs’ Council on pubs reopening on 4th July

    02 July 2020

    “We are conscious the last few months in lockdown have involved a huge amount of sacrifice from everyone, so it is fantastic that our pubs can finally reopen after all this time. We know that people are keen to begin to get life back to normal and understand the important role the pub can play in that. We are looking forward to welcoming people back into pubs in villages, towns and cities across the country this weekend, but we also want to impress upon people the importance of behaving responsibly. We ask pub goers to be supportive of landlords and pub staff, helping them to reopen in the best way possible. It's important everyone respects the new measures in place to ensure everyone can enjoy the return of our pubs safely. If we all work together we can ensure that the reopening of pubs and hospitality is a success and an enjoyable experience for everyone.”

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  • Water UK and British Beer & Pub Association urge operators to apply imminently for beer disposal

    26 June 2020

    Licensees urged to contact water wholesalers as soon as possible before disposing of unsaleable beer ahead of pubs re-opening on July 4th. Water industry trade body Water UK and the British Beer & Pub Association have come together to ask landlords, who have not already done so, to act quickly in order to ensure their applications to dispose of waste beer into the sewer can be processed efficiently. Water companies are standing by to help and have made it as easy as possible to dispose of beer by making disposal applications simpler, cutting bureaucracy and waiving fees. To protect the environment, it is vital pubs get the permission of their water company before disposing of beer into the sewer. This is especially important as in a small minority of cases water companies might not be able to help for operational or environmental reasons. In the majority of cases, beer that has become unsaleable as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown, will need to be destroyed in the pub. However, where a robust risk assessment allows for the recovery of beer kegs and casks, publicans are being encouraged to consider other options for repurposing spoilt beer i.e. as an addition to animal feed or feed for anaerobic digestion.   Emma McClarkin Chief Executive of the BBPA said: “It is vital that pubs are able to open their doors and get back to serving their customers and local communities as soon as possible from 4th July. “The BBPA has been working closely with Government and the water industry to ensure   pubs are prepared for re-opening, including destroying beer that has become unsaleable as a result of the COVID-19 shut down and disposal via the sewer where this is possible. “We would encourage all landlords and publicans to get any applications in to water companies as soon as they can to ensure a smooth process ahead of July 4.”   Water UK Chief Executive Christine McGourty said: “We’re really keen to see pubs open their doors again and have been doing everything we can to help make that happen. “We obviously have to consider the environmental problems that can be caused by putting large quantities of beer in the sewer system, where it can reach rivers and waterways. It’s important this process is managed carefully to avoid any damage to fish and marine life. “The quicker landlords can get applications in, where there’s no alternative disposal route, the easier it will be for water companies to help them open in time, and we’re all looking forward to that.”  

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  • ‘Al Fresco Pubs’ – sector welcomes plan to increase outdoor serving spaces, as pubs face 30% reduction in capacity

    25 June 2020

    British Beer & Pub Association says increasing outdoor drinking areas will help sector on road to recovery The British Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today welcomed plans for ‘Al Fresco Pubs’, whereby pubs will be given more freedom to serve customers outside. The trade association said the move will help pubs on their road to recovery, as it reveals today that pubs in England face a 30% reduction in their capacities as they reopen under one metre plus social distancing conditions. The plans have been published in the UK Government’s Business and Planning Bill today, which will enable more pubs in England, as well as restaurants and cafés, to serve their customers outside. It will allow pubs to use terraces and car parks as dinning and drinking areas, subject to a streamlined local authority approval process. The British Beer & Pub Association has said the move will enable pubs to serve more customers outside, whilst offering table service to customers indoors. It was announced earlier this week that pubs will be able to reopen – indoors and outdoors – from July 4th. Guidance from the Government was also published earlier this week for pubs, which they will follow when they reopen. The BBPA said that as a sector pubs will be doing everything they can to ensure both customers and staff are safe when they return to their local.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Al Fresco pubs will be welcomed by publicans and customers alike. It will give pubs more outdoor space to serve more customers with, which will help them on their road to recovery. “Our pubs face a 30% reduction in capacity when they reopen under one metre plus social distancing guidelines, so giving them more outdoor space will be a big help. “Pub goers will certainly enjoy the freedom of being able to order a proper pint of draught beer, whilst soaking up the summer sun outside the pub. “For those pubs in more urban areas that do not have a pub garden, this is particularly good news. “Our pubs are getting ready to reopen from 4th July following the guidance set by Government and doing everything they can to ensure both customers and staff alike are safe when they return to their local.”

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  • Pubs reopening from 4th July is a welcome first step on long road to recovery

    23 June 2020

    Beer and pub sector welcomes a definitive date for reopening of pubs and decision to adopt one metre plus for social distancing   The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the leading trade association representing Britain’s brewers and pubs, has today welcomed confirmation from Government that all pubs will be able to reopen from 4th July. Following a campaign by the trade association, the Government has also announced today that it will adopt the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended one metre social distancing guideline used in many countries across the world, along with other mitigation measures in place. The BBPA had been urging the Government to provide a clear date for when pubs can reopen along with the publication of guidance so pubs could plan with certainty and clarity for reopening safely. It had said that reducing social distancing for pubs from two metres to one metre would enable 75% of pubs in England  – 28,000 in total – to re-open. Under two metre social distancing rules, only a third of England’s pubs – 12,500 – would have been able to re-open. The BBPA said the clear and definitive reopening date was a much needed boost to Britain’s beer and pub sector, giving it the certainty and confidence it needed. Although reopening on 4th July as confirmed today will not give the sector the three weeks’ notice it said it needed for reopening, some pubs and breweries had already begun its preparations for reopening – developing plans to ensure the safety of pub customers and staff and brewing fresh draught beer for pubs – which will allow a good number of pubs to be ready on 4th July. The trade association said that it awaits the publication of guidance for its sector. It said it would be advising its members on how they will follow guidance once published. The trade association reiterated that as an industry brewers and pubs will do everything they can to ensure the safety of their customers and staff and deliver the great pub experience. The trade association has significant concerns over the collection and storage of personal customer data, but said it will work with Government to develop a practical way to help for the purposes of track and trace.   Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “It’s great to know our pubs will be able to reopen on 4th July. This is an important step for us but it is just the first step on what will be a very a long road to recovery for our sector. “Whilst the Government hasn’t given us the three weeks minimum notice we asked for to get our pubs ready for reopening, thankfully as an industry we already started our preparations to ensure our pubs were ready to open when we were given the green light. “It’s great to see the Government adopt the WHO guidance and the examples of many other countries across the world who’ve safely reopened their hospitality sectors using one metre as their safe social distance measure. “This will enable many more pubs to begin to get back on their feet and will help save thousands of pubs and jobs. We estimate that this decision will enable up to 28,000 pubs to open. It allows pubs more space to operate in, which is a big help from a viability perspective too. I also urge Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to adopt the one metre guidelines to ensure consistency and ease of implementation across all pubs in the UK. We also look forward to hearing from each of them as soon as possible on the definitive dates for when pubs can open in each location. “We now await the publication of Government guidance for our sector. As an industry we will be doing everything we can to ensure both our customers and staff are safe in our pubs. “We do have significant concerns over the collection and storage of personal customer data when visiting the pub. We welcome the Prime Minister’s pledge to work with the sector to make this manageable as it poses significant logistical challenges. We will work with Government on how we could help collect data for track and trace purposes.”

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