The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has just revealed that 87 million pints of beer have gone to waste as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has cost the British pub sector a whopping £331 million.
Bars in need of help for survival
With just under a month away before Brits can relive moments of joy in which bars were a place where you could gather with friends and loved ones (assuming that everything will go as planned, of course), the hospitality industry, now more than ever, needs support from their patrons.
The monetary figure revealed might actually be higher as the statistics provided were based off of an average calculated to be £3.81 for a pint. As has been reported in the past, many businesses were unable to survive the lockdown with as many as 80% of nightclubs having been predicted to close down permanently in 2021.
In addition to the help that pubs and workers of the service industry received with the extension of the furlough until September, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has also made it clear that additional grants will be given to ensure pubs to thrive as they were in pre-pandemic times.
Restrictions must be eased off to ensure survival of the service industry
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of British Beer & Pub Association, said:
We welcome the Chancellor's announcement of continued support for the devastated pub sector in the form of additional grants, as well as extensions to the job retention scheme, five percent hospitality VAT rate and business rates holiday. The new grants are worth £400 million for pubs and will go some way in helping many of them survive through to the time when they can reopen and operate viably.
It is imperative that the Government allows pubs to operate without restrictions as planned from 21st June. This will give them the best chance to get back on their feet and serve their communities.