Eat, drink but stay wary. CAMRA has welcomed the Government’s announcement of some pubs in England reopening from 4 July as a welcome first step on long road to recovery.
The Government will also adopt the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended one metre social distancing guideline used in many countries across the world, along with other mitigation measures in place.
Pubs will also be expected to collect contact details of customers to support its contact and trace regime.
CAMRA chief executive Tom Stainer said: “Getting down to the pub for a pint with friends and family has been one of the things people have missed the most during lockdown, so it is fantastic news that people in England can start returning to their locals from 4 July.
“Understandably, this comes with a responsibility to do so safely and responsibly in line with the government’s guidance. CAMRA is urging all pub–goers to follow the rules so that they can keep themselves, other pub–goers, and bar staff safe.
“On recording customer details to help testing and tracing, this seems to be above and beyond what is being asked of other types of businesses. The Government need to make sure that this doesn’t disadvantage pubs and that the privacy of pub–goers is properly protected.
“Not being able to go to our local has made us realise just how important pubs are to communities, and in tackling loneliness and social isolation. That is why we need a second wave of financial support to ensure that all pubs – both those operating at reduced trade and those that cannot open safely under social distancing – can survive the next few weeks and thrive in the weeks and months ahead.”
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) welcomed confirmation from Government that many pubs will be able to reopen.
BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “Whilst the Government hasn’t given us the three weeks minimum notice we asked for to get our pubs ready for reopening, thankfully as an industry we already started our preparations to ensure our pubs were ready to open when we were given the green light.
“This will enable many more pubs to begin to get back on their feet and will help save thousands of pubs and jobs.
“We estimate that this decision will enable up to 28,000 pubs to open. It allows pubs more space to operate in, which is a big help from a viability perspective too.”
McClarkin urged the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to adopt the one metre guidelines to ensure consistency and ease of implementation across all pubs in the UK.
The trade association said it had concerns over the collection and storage of personal customer data but said it will work with Government to develop a practical way to help for the purposes of track and trace.
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