By Cheryl Hickman, the Bull at Barton Mills, Suffolk
We have been following all of the guidance to keep our team and customers safe from the beginning. We’ve faced abuse from people who think it’s all a load or rubbish and had to turn people away that refused to give details - not by law, by choice.
Online classes and regular coronavirus testing are not the only changes for students heading back to university this autumn, with clubs closed for the foreseeable future and new laws limiting social gatherings.
Pubs across the UK found themselves with unused rooms and spaces when the country went into lockdown at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, but wanted to utilise these uninhabited areas to benefit their communities.
Entertainment is a key part of our society, and with people suffering under the lockdown pubs up and down the country reached out to their communities to help connect and provide amusement and welcome relief.
One positive thing that came out of the coronavirus lockdown was the incredible community spirit people across the nation showed and pubs highlighted how important they are, even when their doors were closed.
Despite all the odds, hundreds of pubs continued to trade during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, with many of them not only maintaining decent sales through diversification, but also managing to serve the needs of their communities.
Pubs are well known for their support of charities, raising many millions of pounds a year, and while lockdown might have threatened their businesses, many operators continued to champion those charitable causes.
Backpacker bar and hostel operator Beds and Bars has joined forces with Team Margot and DKMS to drive sign-ups to the stem cell register in the fight against blood cancer through its annual Live Your Life event.
Pubs have long played a key role in providing entertainment, from gigs to quizzes, and during lockdown they continued to keep the many struggling people in isolation entertained. Were you one of those pubs?
Staff welfare has been vital as the pub sector weathered the corona crisis storm, and now The Morning Advertiser (MA) is looking to recognise those operators that did a fantastic job looking after their staff.
Jay Flynn, whose Virtual Pub Quiz broke a Guinness World Record earlier this month, shared his tips on running a successful online pub quiz, which include keeping question topics accessible and using word-of-mouth marketing.