Pubs forced to close after bad weather hits

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Bad weather: pubs have been forced to close this week after wind and rain hit outdoor trade (image: Getty/Julia_Sudnitskaya)
Bad weather: pubs have been forced to close this week after wind and rain hit outdoor trade (image: Getty/Julia_Sudnitskaya)

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Pubs and bars were forced to close this week as cold and wet weather hit the UK and dampened outdoor trade.

Many operators had been anticipating a bout of bad weather since reopening for outdoor trade from Monday 12 April.

There have been calls from hospitality and tourism bosses for an additional bank holiday in September to help businesses recover from losses.

The Dog & Parrot in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire was one site to shut over the bank holiday weekend after it felt it would not be safe to operate.

The pub was hit by “torrential rain and strong winds” on Monday (3 May) after managing to remain open on Saturday and Sunday despite cold temperatures.

Other operators described difficulty trying to keep customers dry while ensuring outdoor structures had 50% of their walls exposed as per Government guidance.

Some pubs were thankful for making investments into sturdy outdoor structures.

The Wonston Arms in Winchester, Hampshire said it achieved its best bank holiday weekend trade in six years thanks to its pergola protecting customers and staff.

Other sites were faced with having to make last-minute orders for new outdoor protections.

For those operators who chose to remain open despite the poor conditions, a number described experiencing little trade or cancellations for the week ahead.

Anger was directed at Government ministers for the decision to permit indoor hospitality to reopen at a later date to outdoor trade (Monday 17 May).

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