Pubs predicted £80m revenue loss over bank holiday

The British Beer and Pub Association has said that pubs in the UK are expected to sell 21m less pints than usual over the bank holiday weekend.

Compared to a normal spring bank holiday weekend, it is expected that there will be an £80m loss in revenue.

Chief executive Emma McClarkin said: “That is a huge amount of money and could be the difference between surviving or thriving for thousands of pubs in communities across the country.

“We estimate Brits who go and support their local this bank holiday weekend will buy 42m pints. Whilst that is better than being closed with no trade at all, it is 21m pints fewer than normal for the spring bank holiday.

“As more and more people get their vaccine, and if reports continue to suggest that the Indian variant is less prevalent than originally believed, all restrictions must be removed in pubs on June 21 as per the government’s own road map.

“Pubs only have a fighting chance of recovering from more than a year of lockdowns and restrictions if they can fully reopen as normal.”