The PUBS told the ministers that they should know within 24 hours if they could open this month – otherwise they would not be ready in time.
Industry leaders said yesterday that at least three weeks’ notice is required to train staff on the new social distancing rules.
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And brewers need at least three weeks to deliver draft beer.
Hopes were expressed yesterday after reports suggested that the 27,000 pub gardens in the UK could reopen as early as June 22 – in less than a fortnight.
But that would mean that many would be left without a full range of draft beers as breweries increase their production.
The Sun revealed last week how major British breweries are aiming to produce 250 million pints when the government finally gives the green light for the reopening of pubs.
Downing Street has cast new doubt on the reopening date after insisting that the target remains July 4 at the earliest. The Prime Minister’s spokesman said, “We want to be able to reopen pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes as soon as possible, but it must be safe.
“We are working to develop a safe way for them to reopen at the earliest opportunity through our pub working group. This work is going well. The roadmap defines our ambition is to open them from July 4. ”
A government source has suggested that some in Whitehall are trying to bounce Downing Street to announce an earlier date because they were thirsty for a pint.
It follows reports in the Financial Times that three Whitehall officials said the target date was June 22.
The commercial body representing pubs and brewers asked for “immediate and clear” clarification on the reopening date last night.
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The British Beer & Pub Association warned that the confusion could worsen the crisis the industry was already facing and said that pub owners need certainty to plan.
He said the government must honor its commitment to reopen pubs from July 4 or face millions of additional job losses. Pubs also want the government to reduce the social distance rule from two meters to one meter.
The plan was hit hard yesterday when the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health warned that the move would result in a second spike in coronavirus cases.
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