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Pubs With Beer Gardens Should be Among The First to Reopen Says BBPA

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has said pubs with beer gardens should be among the first ones to re-open after lockdown.

It asserted that pubs with gardens and outside terraces, would be better positioned to meet social distancing requirements.

Boris Johnson signaled in his national address on 10 May, that potentially pubs could open from 4 July.

The trade association estimates that there are some 27,000 pubs across the UK with beer gardens.

In total, this is more than half of the UK’s 47,000 pubs overall.

More Clarity Needed

The BBPA has also said that pubs need to be instructed further on how they can open again.

Many pubs may not meet safety criteria post lockdown.

And this is something that the government must recognize.

If it gives pubs the go ahead to open their doors.

The trade association is to work with the Government via its pubs and restaurants taskforce.

Expert guidance will be offered, including offering advice on any pilot schemes so pubs can reopen under viable conditions.

There has also been speculation that the government might allow pubs to use their outside spaces.

Flexibility might allow using pavements.

And selling food and drink from stalls could be allowed.

Pubs to Lose 10 Million Pints Sales Over Bank Holiday

As pubs will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend, beer sales of up to ten million pints could be lost.

That’s according to the BBPA’s own figures.

Especially in the sunny and warm weather, as temperatures are set to reach up to 25 degrees.

The FA Cup final was also scheduled to be played on Saturday.

Traditionally this has always filled pubs, being such a major event in the UK sporting calendar.

The BBPA calculate that 2 million pints sales from its holiday weekend trade forecast, will be lost during the match alone.

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