Pubs to pull 270 million fewer pints this month due to Covid restrictions

PUBS will pull 270 million fewer pints this month as Covid rules wreck trade.

Just 30 million will be sold as the majority of pubs stay shut or see their customer numbers plummet.

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Normally, boozers sell 300 million pints in December, according to the British Beer and Pub Association.

It means a huge £935million in turnover being wiped-out from the pub and brewing sector this month.

Emma McClarkin, of the BBPA, said: “This Christmas could be the last for many of our pubs. With trade 90 per cent lower than usual, many pubs simply won’t survive without the Government either easing the restrictions or providing more support for pubs and brewers.

“These 270 million lost pints reflect 270 million lost opportunities for friends, families and communities to be together enjoying their local pub this Christmas.”

Pub and hospitality bosses want the PM to relax restrictions for boozers — highlighting the “ridiculously unfair” substantial meal rule which doesn’t apply to cinemas, theatres or sports grounds.

If not, Boris Johnson must give them cash to last them to the spring, they insist.

The Blue Ball Inn, in Sheffield, has gone from serving thousands of pints to nine.

The pub is famous for its “Sheffield Carols” every December. Last year, it took £12,000 a week in December.

 

This year, it remains closed and takeaway sales bring in just £500 a week.

Ye Old Sun Inn, in Colton, North Yorks, served 2,440 tables last December.

Halfway through this month the figure is less than 400.

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