The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) says four weeks is needed post-lockdown for pubs and breweries to have time to prepare for business in the wake of coronavirus
The time frame (minimum three weeks, four weeks ideally) would give pubs enough time to let furloughed know they are required to return to work, as well as give breweries time to scale up their brewing operations and start resupplying fresh beer to the on-trade.
It will also enable enough time for pub cellars to be cleared, beer to be replaced and equipment to be cleaned to necessary standards. Theses measures will help ensure that pubs 'survive the early months of reopening', says the trade association.
The BBPA is also asking the government for close support to ensure that preparations can take place safely and decrease the possibility of more pubs closing.
'It is extremely important that the beer and pub industry are closely consulted on the lifting of the lockdown restrictions when the covid-19 crisis is over. The reopening process for the pub trade will be enormously hard and it’s imperative the government work with the trade to get it right, else the situation would see even more pubs close,' said Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA.
'We want to work collaboratively with government to ensure that society and the economy gets back on its feet in a safe and sustainable way once the medical and scientific advice indicates that a reopening is appropriate and with appropriate support in place,' she continued.
'We believe the pub has a key role to play in this, but re-opening them must be done in the right way, which is why we are leading on these plans to get pubs ready for when the lockdown is lifted.'