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Joint statement released as
new Covid-19 restrictions due to come into place
OVER 1000 publicans have now
signed a powerful open letter to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, urging him and the
Government to urgently support pubs or be responsible for mass closures, job
losses and hardship. The letter also urges the Government to think again over
the damaging 10pm curfew, which has seen pubs up and down the country face a
business threatening drop in trade.
The letter, organised by the Campaign for Pubs, the national grassroots campaign
group representing pubs, publicans and pub goers, expresses publicans' dismay at
the woeful lack of support from the Chancellor in his Winter Economic Statement
and points out that without further help many pubs now face imminent closure
under new Government imposed restrictions.
The 1000 signatures coincide with the second weekend of pubs operating with a
10pm curfew and mandatory table service. After the second Friday night of the
10pm curfew, publicans up and down the country are reporting huge drops in
trade, many saying that the Friday, 2 October, was:- "the worst Friday
ever." Many pubs are reporting trading figures 60% to 70% down. 1
publican said:- "I don't even want to talk about how soul destroying last
night was." Another said:- "I'm 25% down from my break even point
for the second week in a row can't carry losses for too much longer will have to
make some decisions Monday!"
There is huge anger towards the Government and a sense that pubs are being both
scapegoated and allowed to close, with no care for the many people and families
whose livelihoods depend on the pub. One said:- "We're all going to lose
everything, unless we get help, BIG HELP. It's what the Government wants,
blatantly obvious. We are being targeted and made to blame." Another
added:- "I think Boris and his advisors should come and work a shift!
Let's see how the rules change after that!"
Many publicans are now considering whether to close their pubs and either
mothball them until after the restrictions end or to simply walk away
altogether, especially with many pubs still facing large rent bills from
uncaring and intransigent pubcos and commercial landlords.
There is real anger amongst licensees about the 10pm curfew, which has no
scientific basis, but which makes it impossible for some pubs reliant on Friday
and Saturday night trade to operate profitably. Many publicans and others have
expressed the folly of such a policy, for which the Government has already been
forced to admit it made no impact assessment and which has already been shown to
have led to crowding on the streets and on public transport at closing time, and
furthermore risks people turning their backs on the controlled environment of
the pub and instead going to uncontrolled social gatherings in their homes or
other unregulated venues.
The letter calls for an urgent package of support for pubs, warning the
Chancellor that if he doesn't listen to UK publicans, he and the Government will
be directly responsible for mass pub closures, job losses and hardship among
thousands of families reliant on the pub trade. The measures being called for
(or even better zero) VAT on ALL sales in pubs.
to cover full costs if pubs cannot viably trade due to the current restrictions
and have to close temporarily.
business rates holiday extension, with a complete overhaul for business rates
for pubs prior to recommencing.
statutory right to an immediate rent review for all pubs, to tackle the fact
many pubs are facing wholly unreasonable rent levels, considering the Government
restrictions and reduced trade.
The letter lays out the stark reality that many pubs are better off closing due
to the new restrictions, and highlights the unfairness of the fact that, despite
his own Government imposing these restrictions, the Chancellor announced nothing
to help pubs through this next 6 months.
The letter urges the Chancellor to meet with publicans, having ignored the voice
of the people that actually devote their lives to running pubs for far too long
(as opposed to those representing large pubcos and breweries). The letter ends
with such a plea:
So we are urging you to listen to the nation's publicans; to meet with us and
understand that we need urgent support now to get through the next 6 months. If
you ignore us, you and the Government will be responsible for the closure and
loss of many important pubs up and down the country, as well as causing loss and
hardship for publicans, pub staff and their families.
Publicans all over the UK are urged to #SpeakUpForPubs and add their name to the
letter, which can be signed online
Commenting, Paul Crossman, Chair of the Campaign for Pubs and licensee of 3 pubs
in York said:- "1000 publicans up and down the country have now signed our
open letter calling on the Government to urgently support pubs and review the
questionable recent restrictions. These latest measures have consigned thousands
of pubs and other hospitality venues to a nightmarish limbo. Pubs that are
normally perfectly viable, and that contribute enormously to the economy and the
public purse, not to mention the wellbeing of their communities, have been
rendered non-viable overnight. It is clearly unreasonable for them to be
expected to continue trading at a loss with no help from the Government whose
own restrictions have increased costs whilst reducing trade to an unsustainable
level. Most pubs are very small businesses that have worked very hard and
invested heavily in order to be part of the solution to the Covid crisis,
something which was working well according to the Government's own evidence.
There is real concern that recent measures have actually reduced the safety of
customers and staff, and so may be imperilling the businesses of now desperate
publicans for no good reason. Support for our businesses and employees is now
crucial, and an immediate review of the measures is essential."
Dawn Hopkins, Vice-Chair of the Campaign for Pubs and licensee of the Rose,
Norwich (a wet led pub) said:- "We urge publicans up and down the country
to sign this letter to make it clear to the Government that unless they change
course, many pubs will close and many jobs will be lost. Britain's publicans
feel completely ignored and betrayed by Rishi Sunak and the Government. Their
restrictions are making many pubs unviable yet the Government are offering no
support. If Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson ignore us then they will go down in
history as the men who destroyed the Great British pub, so we urge them to
change course, look again at these destructive rules, and to either allow us to
trade safely and viably as we were, or to properly support us."
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
DUE to a technical issue, with
the data supplied by both Public Health England and NHSX, we
have been informed that there has been a delay in publishing
a number of Covid19 cases in England. This means the total
reported over the coming days will include some additional
cases from the period between 24 September and 1 October
2020, increasing the number of cases reported.
The total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by:-
12,872 cases and the
total number now stand at:-
480,017, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be:- 49 according to the
Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people
who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public
Health or NHS laboratory is:-
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
2,428. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of 409,534 confirmed cases.
North West - total of 91,823 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
ARE NOW IN EFFECT FOR LIVERPOOL CITY REGION
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
2,816 confirmed cases.
1,482 confirmed cases.
5,082 confirmed cases.
2,827 confirmed cases.
3,094 confirmed cases.
West and Chester,
2,850 confirmed cases.
13,211 confirmed cases.
8,770 confirmed cases.
4,498 confirmed cases.
2,431 confirmed cases.
3,636 confirmed cases.
3,382 confirmed cases.
2,948 confirmed cases.
3,215 confirmed cases.
2,574 confirmed cases.
2,610 confirmed cases
3,805 confirmed cases.
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
Previous 24hr Data
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