The British Beer & Pub Association is discussing how pubs can reopen and operate post the COVID-19 crisis. But, as pubs plan and prepare for reopening, Michael Gove clearly has other ideas.
The trade body says pubs will need a minimum of three weeks’ notice on lifting of restrictions to allow time to prepare to reopen.
Brewers will also need this time to supply the on-trade with fresh beer.
Distribution and logistics channels will need similar time scales.
This would enable pubs to give sufficient notice to furloughed staff to return to work.
And it would also ensure equipment and systems are operating and cleaned to necessary standards.
The BBPA say pubs play a vital role in boosting morale in the UK, but the Government need to work with the sector.
Planning and preparation will help ensure that pubs survive the early months of re-opening.
The ongoing economic value that Britain’s pubs provide, and the jobs it supports, will be precarious if it isn’t done right.
BBPA CEO Statement on Pubs reopening
Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, Emma McClarkin said: “It is extremely important that the beer and pub industry are closely consulted. The reopening process for the pub trade will be hard. It’s imperative the Government work with the trade to get it right.”
Government Talk of Pubs reopening
We can’t disagree with most of what the British Beer & Pub Association and Emma McClarkin are saying. But, Michael Gove’s comments over the weekend put a totally different timeline on reopening.