In an industry already burdened with many struggling businesses before Covid-19, having to endure a second lockdown could mean that some pubs will never be able to open their doors again.
Reacting to the news of the latest sweeping measures, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “As a sector we are of course devastated to have to close our pubs and are fearful for their future, but we recognise the situation and that the spread of Covid-19 is serious." Adding: “Make no mistake, this could be the final straw for thousands of pubs and brewers...The level of financial support will need to be same, if not greater, than that provided for the first lockdown".
As figures from the BBPA show, the number of pubs in the country has been steadily decreasing over the past few decades. In 1980 there were 69,000 open drinking establishments in the UK and after years of erosion the figure had fallen to just 47,200 in 2019.