Hospitality venues in England are set to reopen from Monday 12 April for outdoor use. It’s estimated that the British public will spend a staggering £447M in pubs in the first three days of post lockdown. That’s a thirst-quenching £52.48 per person by the 15th of April according to Money.co.uk.
It’s been a difficult year for the hospitality industry with pubs, bars and restaurants forced to shut during the lockdown.
Although some hospitality venues have been able to offer takeaway food and drink within certain restrictions.
From April 12 restaurants and pub gardens will be allowed to serve food and drink including alcohol to customers sitting outdoors.
From May 17 they will be allowed to open indoors.
One in ten brits are expected to go to the pub on the first day they open – despite it being a Monday.
Almost a quarter of over 18s are planning to hit the pub within the first six days of restrictions being lifted.
However, those living in Scotland will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a pint as hospitality venues aren’t set to reopen until April 26, as part of a return to regional restrictions.
The Government is helping those hospitality venues that do not have gardens or terraces by extending pavement licences for a further 12 months.
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Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “We’re all looking forward to seeing pubs, cafes and restaurants open again as we start to gear up for what should be a great British summer.
“Therefore I’m delighted to announce an extension on temporary provisions for pavement licences for a further 12 months. This will give further certainty to businesses as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.
“As lockdown restrictions ease in the coming months I’m also keen to highlight the range of measures we’ve put in place to help support the safe reopening of hospitality businesses and our high streets.
“It’s vital we work together to do everything we can to help these businesses prosper again. That is why I’ve written to councils calling on their support to use these measures in a pragmatic way to help support the high street, businesses and jobs, once restrictions allow them to do so.
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Restaurants are also expected to benefit when restrictions ease with 17% of people planning to go out for a meal within the first three days.
James Andrews, personal finance expert at Money.co.uk said: “Lockdown has been tough on many industries, but the hospitality industry has been hit particularly hard with changing restrictions across the country since the first national lockdown eased in June.
“It’s promising to see that as restrictions begin to ease, people plan to support their local businesses. With GDP falling 2.9% in January 2021, this support will be hugely important to the UK economy, and indeed to individual businesses who have had to navigate these uncertain times.”