British Beer & Pub Association calls for more clarity on pubs' reopening date in Wales

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

03 July 2020

British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has called on the Welsh government to clarify when all pubs will be allowed to reopen in Wales

The call comes as a response to the Welsh government’s announcement that pub beer gardens will be allowed to reopen as of 13 July, as long as the spread of Covid-19 continues to decline and with a 2m social distancing rule.

The Welsh government however, hasn’t specified when venues will be able to fully reopen.

‘The Welsh government must follow the lead of the rest of the UK and give our pubs in Wales a definitive date on when they can fully reopen,’ commented Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association. ‘Whilst the [Welsh government’s] announcement… that beer gardens in Wales will be able to reopen is a step forward for pubs in Wales, we still need further clarity on the situation concerning indoor hospitality.

‘There will be ludicrous cases of villages close to the border where those pubs on the England side of the boundary will be fully reopened, but those on the Welsh side will be closed or just operating from their pub beer garden only,’ she continued. ‘We also urge Wales to adopt the one metre plus guidance being used in England to help ensure consistency and ease of implementation across all pubs.’

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