Weekend news bulletin for pubs – 20 and 21 June

By Ed Bedington

- Last updated on GMT

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The Morning Advertiser's editor Ed Bedington reviews the biggest news stories from the pub sector after another week in lockdown without an update from the Government on reopening guidelines.

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  • Government needs to ‘stop dithering’ on pub sector guidance, says Hawthorn boss​ - Hawthorn Leisure’s CEO Mark Davies has revealed that despite a lack of Government guidance on the safe reopening of pubs, three quarters (74%) of his company's tenants intend to press ahead with a 4 July restart.
  • Urgent clarification on reopening needed in 'moment of maximum jeopardy'​ - A coalition of more than 50 breweries and pub companies have written to the Prime Minister, urging him to announce more details about when pubs will be allowed to reopen before Friday 19 June​.
  • The final countdown​ - We are now just over two weeks away from the 4 July - a date etched in our minds as when we might finally be able to reopen our doors to the public​.
  • BBPA demands reopening date urgently​ - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has reiterated its demands for the Government to provide pubs with a definitive date on when they will be allowed to reopen, after it missed the deadline set by the trade organisation.
  • Greene King labels founder profiting from slavery ‘inexcusable’​ - Brewer and pub operator Greene King has described the revelation that one of its founders profited from 19th century slavery and argued against its abolition as “inexcusable”.
  • JDW ‘willing to consider’ new pub name due to slave trade connection​ - Pub giant JD Wetherspoon (JDW) has revealed it is open to the possibility of renaming one of its sites due to historic links with the slave trade.
  • ‘Black Boy’ pub sign removed after protest warnings​ - The operator of the Black Boy pub in Retford, Nottinghamshire, has removed an antiquated sign amid fears it could see the venue targeted by anti-racism protesters.
  • Everards rejects petition claims it has refused to rename ‘Black Boy’ pub​ - Family brewer and pub operator Everards of Leicestershire has disputed claims it has outright refused to change the name of one of its pubs amid concerns over racial connotations.
  • BrewDog ‘exploring drone delivery’ in UK​ - Scottish brewer and operator BrewDog will start using drones to deliver its beer to various locations on its campus in Columbus, Ohio, and is looking into using this method for its delivery service in the UK.

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