52% of drinkers in East Midlands say favourite pubs are still shut

According to the British Been & Pub Association, pubs remain closed across the UK due to the current restrictions they face.
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52% of pubgoers in the East Midlands say their favourite boozer is still closed due to ongoing Covid restrictions.

The survey, conducted by KAM Media on behalf of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), showed regular pub-goers were most likely to find their favourite pubs still closed, with 55% saying so.

Based on the survey findings, at a regional level, Scots were the most likely to have a favourite pub shut (54%), closely followed by the East Midlands (52%) and London (51%).

According to the BBPA, pubs remain closed across the UK due to the current restrictions they face, which require them to ensure social distancing at all times, no standing and maintaining the rule of six to a table.

The BBPA said under the current restrictions the overwhelming majority of pub businesses are unviable – making it so crucial that restrictions are removed.

BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “The current restrictions on pubs are flatlining their recovery before it’s even had a chance to begin. Clearly there are a lot of locals out there still closed that play an important role in people’s lives.

“Every week the current restrictions stay and uncertainty continues, the likelihood of pubs being lost forever increases. No ifs, ands or buts, pubs across the UK must open without restrictions as soon as possible.

The ‘Countdown to Freedom’ is on in England for pubs on 19 July 19, but the Wales and Scotland governments must give more certainty to publicans.”

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