United Kingdom: consumption of beer at its lowest, concerns about the re-opening

Royaume-Uni: consommation de bière au plus bas, inquiétudes pour la réouverture

The consumption of beer in the Uk has dropped to a level never seen in the first quarter due to the closure of pubs due to the pandemic, said Thursday the professionals, calling for the government to clarity on a future re-opening.

Between January and march, sales of beer fell 7.2% compared to the beginning of 2019 to $ 1.5 billion pints, a level not seen in 20 years of data, indicated by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).

This new suggests a much worse outcome for the following: this record has been achieved while the pubs have been closed at the very end of this period.

In the Face of the spread of the new coronavirus, the government of Boris Johnson has asked the 16 march to the British to avoid to come together, and closed the pubs and restaurants on march 20, before ordering a containment general on 23 march.

The plan déconfinement provides for a progressive reopening of these schools from the 4th of July, but no details have yet been released on how this could be done (outside only first, with what safety measures…).

“The brutal impact on our sector (…) is clear” with the fall in the first quarter driven “entirely by the sudden closure of pubs and two weeks without sales,” said Emma McClarkin, the director of the BBPA.

She asked the authorities to confirm quickly whether to reopen on 4 July: “Our sector needs to be notified at least three weeks in advance “, a time necessary for the production of ” real ale “, the “lager” asking for more time.

“Our pubs and brewers are in desperate need of clarity “, she pleaded. “It is imperative to start to brew beer and open the pubs as soon as possible. This will help save pubs from closure “.

The sector crosses already a difficult period. Since 2007, approximately 25% of pubs in the Uk have closed, or nearly 12 000 establishments, according to the Office for national statistics (ONS).

With the approach of reopening to be expected, the sector is particularly concerned by the instructions of distancing physical british recommend leaving two meters between each person, compared to a meter, for example, in France.

In the Face of calls to reduce this distance, the government has indicated that such a measure was currently ” in the study “. According to the british press, a decision could be made quickly.

The United Kingdom is the second country in the most grief-stricken in the world with over 41 000 deaths tested positive for the coronavirus identified.

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