The repeal of covid powers to close down or apply restrictions to premises like pubs are welcome news for hospitality, says the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
It said the measures would hopefully provide stability for the sector by enabling it to keep trading through the winter months, building confidence at this critical time in its recovery.
It did, however, caution that although the ‘plan B’ measures in the government’s winter plan were to enable businesses like pubs to stay open, it did have concerns that asking people to work from home would affect the recovery of the sector, especially city centre pubs. It was disappointed, too, that covid certification has not been ruled out entirely.
BBPA chief executive, Emma McClarkin, said: “It is very welcome news for our sector that powers to close down or apply restrictions to our pubs will be repealed.
“Forced closure during lockdowns, and unnecessary restrictions such as the 10pm curfew, rule of six, and substantial meals rule, have greatly damaged our sector.
“Publicans across the country will sigh in relief knowing they have stability to keep trading over the winter months. We also urge the devolved administrations to follow the approach that has been outlined today.”