Across the UK, pubs, taprooms, social clubs and hospitality venues are at the centre of their communities. Looking after their regulars, providing services to their communities, raising money for charity and tackling loneliness and social isolation.
From 13-16 December, we want to flood social media and MPs’ inboxes with messages about why pubs matter, as we head into a festive season that is very different to normal.
There has never been a more important time to send a clear message to politicians and the media that pubs matter.
Pubs need fair treatment and better financial support from the government to get them through the festive period, which would usually be the busiest time of year.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, pubs have faced more restrictions than other businesses. This has reduced trade, left many at risk of closure, and means that people can’t benefit from the social and wellbeing benefits of going to the pub this Christmas.
Publicans have spent thousands making their pubs Covid-secure, improving ventilation, and helping with Test and Trace. But in most parts of the UK people can’t meet in pubs, regardless of what pubs have done to help people socialise safely in small groups.
You can help share the word by tweeting why pubs matter to you with #PubsMatter and also you can email your MP on the subject using CAMRA’s online tool.
For more on the #PubsMatter campaign visit whypubsmatter.org.uk.