Emma Mcclarkin

Plan impact: UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls warned that hospitality venues are in a fragile state

Industry warns of devastating impact of ‘plan B’

By Michelle Perrett

The Government’s has been warned that plans to hold vaccine passports in reserve while revealing it in its ‘Plan B’ Winter Covid plan that compulsory face masks and ‘last resort’ lockdowns could be implemented could have a drastic impact on the pub and...

Industry reaction: UKH boss Kate Nicholls (left) and BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin welcomed the change but warned about the impact of the 'pingdemic' on the trade

NHS app change ‘not a silver bullet’

By Nikkie Thatcher

A software update to the NHS Covid app, meaning it will notify fewer contacts from a Covid positive case has been cautiously welcomed by trade bodies.

Drinks poured: some 3m pints of beer are expected to be served on the first day pubs can reopen inside (image: Getty/Wasan Tita)

45,000 pubs expected to reopen for indoor service

By Nikkie Thatcher

Some 45,000 pubs are estimated to reopen to trade inside from Monday 17 May, serving 3m pints, leaving 2,000 unable to open their doors due to limited space, one trade body has predicted.

Trade data: the statistics found 9,930 sites permanently closed last year with 3,955 opening for the first time

2020 cost trade 6,000 licensed venues

By Nikkie Thatcher

The UK lost in the region of 6,000 licensed premises in 2020 - almost three times the number closed in 2019, new figures have revealed.