UK pubs could stay closed till Christmas

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1y ago

We in the UK proudly count 'going to the pub' as a hobby. A fabled pastime which gives us the opportunity to both socialise – very important – and exercise (well, we need to walk home afterwards).

So, since lockdown began, it's hardly surprising that sales of booze from the shops have gone stratospheric – and there isn't a digital device in the land that hasn't had Zoom installed. We are exercising by going out to get the drink, and socialising via video conference. It's a compromise, but it's all we've got.

I think I speak for us all when I loudly state that we would like to get back to normal as soon as possible.

Sadly, it may take a lot longer than any of us expected. In a bid to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 cases, the government has said that it will be keeping social distancing measures in place for longer in the hospitality industry than elsewhere.

A representative from Truman's Brewery said, "I expect pubs won’t reopen before July – and only once scientists advise the Government it is safe to do so. I don’t envisage normal levels of trade returning until the end of the year. We (pubs and breweries) were the first to be hit by the lockdown and we’ll be the last to reopen, which is completely understandable."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was keen to state that no set dates are in place for the lifting of the lockdown and that reports pubs would be closed till Christmas were 'pure speculation.'

In a statement made to the BBC, he said, "We’re all desperate to end this lockdown. But we need to do it in a sensible way because the worst thing we could possibly do is to prematurely ease the restrictions and then find a second peak, and have to go right back to square one again with potentially even more draconian measures."

At least this year's Christmas parties will be awesome...

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Comments (10)

  • could be we'll see a return of front yard BBQs ?

    Here's a typical Saturday afternoon barbie at Delta House.

    BYOB , weiners and hot dogs.

      1 year ago
  • Morgan Stanley says crude oil prices will stay low for at least 18 months, so yeah, I'd believe it.

      1 year ago
  • I want to just cry in my beer at that thought.

      1 year ago
  • It seems a bit stupid, doing it wrong I will tell you why? Vulnerable people who have weakened immune systems should stay at home , fit and healthy should be the only ones that need to go out and live an active normal life keep the economy going. But saying that they must keep their social distancing 2 metres apart and wash their hands. The economy is going to be ruined by this lockdown. Vulnerable people should be the only ones that need to stay in.

      1 year ago
    • We are all vulnerable

        1 year ago
    • True . But keep the precautions 2metres apart wear masks but you could still go to work do leisure activities go to pub etc . Look at Sweden not as strict.

        1 year ago
  • Not if you believe Tim Martin. He reckons spoons will start opening in June😂🤣

      1 year ago