No widespread rush to return for a pint
By Rob Freeman | 17th July 2020
Sales in pubs, bars and restaurants which opened as lockdown restrictions were eased in England at the start of the month were down around 40 per cent.
The figures from tracking data compiled by CGA takes in 44 companies across the UK and showed pubs sales were down 39 per cent on the same period last year.
That fall was 40 per cent for restaurants with a 43 per cent decline in bars.
CGA director Karl Chessell said: "Trading at almost 60 per cent of pre-COVID norms is actually a better performance than many other markets internationally experienced on reopening.
"The sector still has a long way to go, but this sets the benchmark against which the speed of recovery will be judged."
The survey also released 70 per cent of pubs has reopened with only 42 per cent of bars and just 17 per cent of restaurants.
Pubs have been urged to ensure they have submitted applications to destroy spoiled beer by the end of July to avoid charges from water companies.
British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin said: "We had hoped water companies would continue to waive their fees and cut out bureaucracy for disposing waster beer for a longer period, but the water industry has now set these deadlines.
"We urge all publicans not to wait until the last minute."
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