16,436 pubs under tier two and three restrictions

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Venue numbers: more than four in 10 English pubs are currently under strict tiered measures
Venue numbers: more than four in 10 English pubs are currently under strict tiered measures

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Some 43.69% of all pubs in England are currently under ‘high’ or ‘very high’ restrictions including closures.

According to data from real estate adviser Altus Group, as of 1 September 2020, there are 37,616 pubs in England – 16,436 of these are currently in tiers two and three.

The total number of pubs in the ‘very high’ tiers is 3,967 with 1,0301 in the Liverpool City Region, 1,809 in Greater Manchester and 1,127 in Lancashire.

In the ‘high’ tier, there are a total of 12,469 pubs. This includes sites in London; Essex; Elmbridge, Surrey; Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria; north east Derbyshire; Chesterfield, Derbyshire; Erewash, Derbyshire; Leeds; Bradford; Kirklees; Calderdale; Wakefield; Doncaster; Rotherham; Barnsley; Durham; Northumberland; Tyne & Wear; Tees Valley; West Midlands; Sheffield; Cheshire West; Cheshire East; Chester; Warrington; York; Leicestershire; Nottinghamshire.

Moving tiers

The ‘high’ tier means pubs can stay open, subject to the 10pm curfew, with mixing between households indoors banned and socialising outside must adhere to the ‘rule of six’.

However, Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has said South Yorkshire will move into tier three​ from Saturday (24 October). The new restrictions will apply to businesses in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, impacting 939 pubs in the region, Altus Group data stated.

This follows the announcement pubs in the Greater Manchester region will be moving into the Government’s tier three ‘very high’​ measures with restrictions coming into play later this week.

Measures required

Licensees in the area will have to shut the doors from one minute past midnight on Friday (23 October) unless they are operating as a restaurant serving a ‘significant meal’, where they can only serve alcohol with this meal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the region would join Liverpool and Lancashire in the strictest part of the tiered system today (Tuesday 20 October). 

It followed many discussions between the Government and the city’s leaders, including mayor Andy Burnham, debating the level of support the region would receive.

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