All pubs, bars and restaurants in Bolton have been ordered to shut to anyone eating and drinking on-site in a major coronavirus crackdown.

The venues will only be able to remain open as takeaways in the town – effective immediately.

And they will also have to shut entirely between 10pm and 5am, after cases surged among young people.

CAMRA says the pubs and other venues will need financial help if they are to survive.

CAMRA’s national chairman Nik Antona said: “Many pubs have struggled to re-open this summer, having invested their dwindling reserves to do so safely and securely in line with COVID-safe guidance. A second shutdown in Bolton is a devastating blow for these pubs and local people’s livelihoods.

“Given the significant impact a second shutdown would have on the industry, the Government must introduce a new financial support package and extend the furlough scheme for pubs that are forced to close in local lockdowns. This is the only way to avoid permanent closures and further job losses.  

“Pub companies must also immediately cancel rent for tied pub tenants in Bolton. Tenants shouldn’t be forced to pay rent if they have no turnover.

“CAMRA continues to encourage people to use pubs in safe and responsible way. While people in Bolton are unable to enjoy a pub pint with friends and family at the moment, they can still show support for their local pub by using takeaway or delivery services.”

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