In response to the Government announcement that pubs and restaurants will be forced to close at 10pm from Thursday 24th September onwards, CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona commented:
“As things stand this morning, hospitality is the only sector to be subject to new restrictions. This will be devastating news for thousands of publicans across England who have been willing to do whatever is necessary to provide a safe, Covid-secure place for people to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of having a pint with friends and family.
“The Government should not impose arbitrary restrictions that target one sector without explanation or evidence, which, so far, we have not seen. We are now calling for a new financial support package to be introduced for pubs immediately, which includes the extension of the furlough scheme and the cancellation of business rates for another year, or they risk countless pub closures and job losses.”
In addition to the 10pm close, pubs are now required to operate table service and both customers and staff are required to wear face coverings whenever not seated.