Majority of pub-goers feel safe

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has called on governments to adapt the tier systems to let all pubs trade in December, after new YouGov research finds that the majority of pub-goers believe that pubs and other hospitality venues offer a Covid-secure environment.

The survey, conducted on the behalf of CAMRA, found that 82% of GB adults who have been to the pub at least once in the last six months felt hospitality businesses were Covid-secure environments, reflecting the huge investment many pubs have made to re-open during the pandemic.

Many pubs have invested thousands to utilise new technologies to introduce track and trace, table service, flexi glass screening, new sanitation stations and deep cleans. CAMRA has consistently called on government to offer evidence into virus transmissions within the pub setting and is asking ministers to publish the evidence on which decisions are being taken about what the tier system in England will look like after lockdown ends on 2 December.

The Campaign has also called on the Scottish Government to reexamine strict restrictions on pubs as part of its five tier system.

The consumer group now wants the UK Government to adapt the tier system in England to allow all pubs to open on the 3 December – regardless of whether they serve food or not – so that consumers can enjoy the personal wellbeing benefits of pub-going over the Christmas season.

CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona said:

“Businesses should be allowed to open based on whether they can provide a Covid-secure environment – not based on whether they serve food. Publicans have invested thousands to keep their customers safe this year and comply with additional regulations and track and trace requirements, and this research shows that customers recognise this too.

“We are particularly concerned that wet-led pubs have been hit by forced closure in Tier 3 areas even before lockdown and have been left out from the VAT reductions that only apply to food and non-alcoholic drinks, despite needing support just as much as other hospitality venues.  It’s vital that they are given the chance to trade after lockdown ends. 

 “The Government also need to properly review curfew, which Sage scientists advise has a marginal effect on suppressing the virus and there are concerns that it leads to mingling in non-Covid-safe environments, such as people’s homes. With no evidence to suggest that curfews work, we believe the initiative should be scrapped – especially from the lower Tier levels when lockdown ends.“

“For a long time, CAMRA has championed community pubs as the home of responsible drinking. This Christmas, we believe pubs should be the Covid-safe home to enjoy a pint.” 


How often Pub Since pubs have reopened 
 Total Every day A few times a week Once a fortnight Once a month Once every 2 to 3 months Once every 6 months Never Don’t know/ can’t recall 
Weighted Sample20187102176233242176101468
Unweighted Sample 2018897170244255182100161
Thinking about places that you have visited since the coronavirus outbreak, how covid secure, if at all, do you feel in the following…Hospitality businesses e.g. pubs, bars, restaurants etc.)          
Very secure 1549332229221379
Fairly secure 401463625363582326
TOTAL SECURE556396848285713035
Not very secure 13184121511191310
Not secure at all 4180414656
TOTAL NOT SECURE17364161615251816
Not applicable – I have not visited this place since the coronavirus outbreak 280001045249

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2018 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 29-30 October 2020. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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Andy Cullen

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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