UK pubs could stay closed till Christmas
Say it isn't so...
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...