After over 100 days of lockdown-enforced closure, the UK's pubs are set to open their doors again this Saturday. While many will be looking forward to stepping back into their local, it's also possible, in an industry already burdened with many struggling businesses before Covid-19, that some pubs will never be able to reopen. Two days before the lockdown was announced, the British Beer & Pub Association called on the government to urgently intervene with liquidity measures to help pay wages, warning of the risk that thousands of pubs could be about to go out of business.
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 47,600 in 2018.