Beer gardens across the nation shed a tear, as it seems they could potentially stay closed until Christmas.
In a bid to stop a second wave of the virus hitting the UK, cabinet secretary Michael Gove has said that pubs and restaurants will be ‘amongst the last’ to re-open, following the UK’s stringent lockdown measures.
Speaking to The Sun, Frank Maguire of Truman’s Brewery in London had his say on what the extended closures could mean for the industry, saying: “Things are looking pretty dire. At this rate it seems unlikely we will be open again before Christmas.”
Gove reiterated the importance of keeping the hospitality sector limited, saying in a press conference last weekend: “The other inference that I draw from your question, which is that areas of hospitality will be among the last to exit the lockdown – yes, that is true, they will be among the last.”
While it’s sad to see the hospitality industry suffer from this dreaded virus, one brewery in Yorkshire is doing its bit to help. Leeds-based brewery Northern Monk announced earlier this month that they’ll be taking part in worldwide cause All Together, which aims to create awareness and funds for the industry with a global beer collaboration.
It is currently unclear when pubs, restaurants and other public spaces will re-open, however, the UK’s lockdown has been extended by three weeks, which will next be reviewed early May.