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Operator view: reopening with heavy restrictions means risking that 'customers will not enjoy the experience and will be lost to the industry for the long-term,' according to John Ellis

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'Opening up too early risks ruining pub experience'

By John Ellis, Crown Inn, Oakengates and Elephant & Castle, Dawley

I'm very concerned about the headlines this weekend that big property companies such as JD Wetherspoon and Young's are pushing the conversation towards opening up the industry before that would be viable.

Revenue down: London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace has reported huge losses amid the coronavirus pandemic

Darwin & Wallace revenues down £2m

By Georgia Cronin, MCA

London-based bar group Darwin & Wallace lost almost a quarter of its usual revenue as a result of the first lockdown, contributing to a £2m dip in its year-on-year sales.

Rushed reopening: 'There has been a big push to get pubs opened as soon as possible again. I understand that, I just urge a little bit of caution,' Stuart Bateman says

Big interview

'False dawn' pub reopenings would be absolutely catastrophic

By Stuart Stone

Like everyone else in the on-trade, Stuart Bateman of Lincolnshire-based Batemans wants to see pubs open ‘as soon as possible’ – however the Salem Bridge brewer isn’t buying into the idea of a Government witch hunt.

Large operator: Whitbread stated the job losses were less than previously feared

Whitbread cuts 1,500 jobs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The parent company of Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn confirmed 1,500 job losses in its latest trading update – just over 4% of its 36,000 staff.

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