All news articles for December 2020

Self-sanctioned baptism of fire: 'Ironically, the one area I do now feel in control of is the other side of my career as a performer'

How has 2020 changed people and pubs?

‘When you’re a publican and you’ve retrained as an actress. Just call me Lucky’

By Debbie Baisden, the Rayleigh Arms, Terling, Essex

To kick off a series looking back at a turbulent 12 months in the on-trade, Debbie Baisden, a multi-tasking, performing publican, explains how she is confronting Covid-19 challenges with hopes to continue both her careers in the arts and hospitality.

Firm appeal: Star Pubs & Bars managing director Lawson Mountstevens labelled the fine as 'unwarranted and disproportionate'

Star to appeal £2m PCA fine

By Ed Bedington

Star Pubs & Bars has announced it is to appeal the fine imposed by pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Fiona Dickie for what she described as “seriously and repeatedly” breaching the rules over nearly a three-year period.

More time: Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the extension of the furlough scheme

Furlough extended to end of April 2021

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will be extended by a further month to the end of April 2021, the Chancellor has announced.

Government announcement: eight more regions are to be added to tier three with just three areas moving down tiers

Thousands more pubs plunged into tier 3

By Nikkie Thatcher

Many more pubs will be forced to close for Christmas, with the exception of offering takeaways, as eight more regions are moved into tier three.

Shuttered venues: Welsh pubs will have to close from 6pm on Christmas Day

Welsh pubs close again under another lockdown

By Nikkie Thatcher

New lockdown measures have been enforced in Wales, including the closure of pubs, later this month (December), First Minister Mark Drakeford announced.

Tight restrictions: all but 729 of England's pubs are now in the highest two tiers

More than 20,000 pubs now in tier 3

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 20,465 of England’s pubs are now in tier three, alongside more than 16,000 in tier two, leaving fewer than 1,000 in the lowest tier, according to analysis from real estate adviser Altus Group.

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