LONDON – Pubs face last orders

Four in 10 British pubs face going out of business by September unless they get further financial support from the government to compensate them for lost business from the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Beer and Pubs Association said on Thursday (7 May) that a survey of its members revealed that 19,000 out of the UK’s 47,000 pubs believe they will go bankrupt without an expanded financial support programme. 

Although Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce the first phase of deconfinement measures on Sunday (10 May), ministers are warning that social-distancing rules will remain in place for a number of months, leaving pubs and restaurants facing a lost year. 

The BBPA is calling for the government to extend its grant scheme for hospitality businesses to provide financial support for several months after the end of the lockdown.

[Edited by Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic]

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