42 pubs closed their doors for good, each day in 2021. The rate of closures is increasing. 30 pubs shut permanently every day last year. Industry body Hospitality UK warned yesterday, that if things don’t change soon, 30,000 boozers will disappear forever.
Pubs will miss out on £325million of beer sales alone across the Easter weekend, according to the British Beer and Pub Association. Addressing the Confederation of British Industry yesterday, Hospitality UK boss Kate Nicholls said;
“For many businesses, they are clinging on by their fingertips. You are looking at potentially 20,000 to 30,000 sites closing.”
She went on to say that a third of hospitality venues couldn’t open last summer because they were unable to comply with social distancing and tier restrictions.
Industry leaders are demanding that the move out of lockdown is accelerated before it’s too late.
Last week the same industry leaders were scathing in their criticism of the government’s plans to introduce vaccine passports. I believe they were sincere. But a few more weeks of lost revenue and mounting debt might change their minds.