The government have now published their road map to normality.
A handy summary can be found on the BBC News website.
The full document can be downloaded from the government website.
As far as pubs are concerned, the following phased reopening timeline has been announced. Note dates are the earliest it will happen and are subject to review based on meeting targets for vaccinations, hospital admissions etc. Also note not all pubs will find it viable to open with restrictions in place.
- Pubs can do alcohol takeaway sales from the premises rather than just home deliveries
- Beer gardens may open with table service and rule of six observed.
- Larger groups permitted in beer gardens
- Pubs may open indoors with table service, social distancing arrangements and rule of six enforced
- social distancing rules removed
- pubs may open in a normal fashion
- nightclubs and live music venues may open and festivals can take place (this may be subject to conditions yet to be decided).
Until pubs can start reopening, they need proper financial support in order to survive and decisions made in the budget announced on 3rd March will be important. A facility to email your MP on the subject is available on the CAMRA Save Our Pubs campaign page.
Comment on the announcement from CAMRA’s national Chairman below.
Summary of steps out of lockdown (graphic from Sheffield City Council).