Pubs' boss plea to keep Covid road map – despite fears over Indian variant

A pub industry chief has asked the government to stick to their roadmap to recover and lift the remaining Covid curbs in the coming weeks.

Emma McClarkin, executive director of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), urged the government to give companies advance notice if restrictions are to remain in place after June 21.

Ms. McClarkin admitted that the government was in “a difficult position” but said Whitehall must “stick to its roadmap”.

“We have to stick to the government’s roadmap to lift these restrictions by June 21st if we want the great UK pub to really start its recovery,” she told BBC Breakfast.

“I have to say that June 21st is crucial for the sector to recover. The recovery day does not begin until the restrictions have been lifted.

“If the government leaves any remaining restrictions in play, they really need to let us know in advance and talk seriously about financial compensation.

“But for now we are asking the government to stick to their roadmap.”

It has been reported that face covering and working from home may remain in place after June 21.

Ministers, including Boris Johnson, are reportedly increasingly concerned that the spread of the Indian variant could undermine the easing of restrictions and are developing plans that could lead to a partial end to the lockdown.

However, the newspapers have claimed that the Treasury Department is prioritizing the removal of the “one meter plus” and “six indoor rule” measures to help the economy recover.

A review of which measures should be relaxed on June 21 was due at the end of May, but was pushed back due to the Indian variant.

The government said an additional seven people died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, bringing the total to 127,775 in the UK.


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