Some of Britain's bars, pubs and restaurants could reopen this July

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

11 May 2020

Speaking yesterday evening (10 May), the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the nation that the hospitality industry may partially reopen in July

The reopening of hotels and on-trade venues is subject to the country meeting five crucial conditions:

  • Sufficient critical care capacity across the UK
  • Sustained and consistent fall in daily deaths
  • Rate of infection (R) decreasing
  • Testing and PPE able to meet demand
  • Adjustment to measures will not risk a second peak that overwhelms the NHS

'At the earliest by July, and subject to all these conditions and further scientific advice, if and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to re-open at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places,' said the Prime Minister, 'provided they are safe and enforce social distancing'.

Members of the trade welcomed the announcement yet called for more clarity and further help throughout the weeks leading to the reopening:

With insufficient clarity as to when pubs will reopen, our sector remains in limbo and facing severe uncertainty and financial devastation

Emma McClarkin

'Whilst we thank the Prime Minister for recognising our sector directly in both his speech and in government social media,' commented James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers, 'eight-12 weeks is still a huge amount of time. In that intervening period our sector requires continued direct support from [the] government to ensure that the one million jobs in pubs, brewing and supply chain are preserved.'

Meanwhile, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association Emma McClarkin said: 'With insufficient clarity as to when pubs will reopen, our sector remains in limbo and facing severe uncertainty and financial devastation... the government hasn’t outlined any specific additional financial support for pubs to assure and help them through the extended lockdown hardship they face. We understand that pubs should only open when safe to do so, but extending the lockdown without offering additional support will be devastating.'

Further details about the UK's lockdown ease are expected to be announced later today (11 May).

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