BBPA urges Government to help pubs survive as higher tiers announced

The British Beer & Pub Association has responded to the announcement this afternoon from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, that more areas will be moved into higher tier restrictions in England.

Emma McClarkin, BBPA's Chief Executive, said, “The update on the virus and associated tier restrictions today is yet another blow to a sector already on its knees. It is clear that it is going to be the longest winter in living memory for Britain’s pubs and brewers.

'Unless there is a greater package of financial support from the Government to secure our pubs and the brewers that supply them, a wave of business failures in the New Year is inevitable.

“We desperately need the Prime Minister to step up to the plate and commit to an enhanced package of measure for pubs and brewers.'

McClarkin concluded, 'If the Government acts now they can still secure pubs and jobs by giving locals in England the sort of support those in Wales and Scotland are getting. Without this the outlook is very bleak indeed.”