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Pub bosses call for street space to be turned into beer gardens to save boozers

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Many venues in the UK have a terrace, car park, garden or other areas for customers when they're allowed to reopen next month – but thousands don't.

Only four in 10 licensed venues have available spaces to trade when they're permitted to from April 12, when the retail and hospitality sector can open their doors once again.

Research from the Market Recovery Monitory from CGA and AlixPartners, revealed 41,000 venues have spaces outside to trade but almost double of this amount do not.

Of this number, 80% of allowed to reopen next month offer external areas for pints compared to only 12% of casual dining restaurants, writes Morning Advertiser.

The report also looked at different parts of the country, with London having a third of sites with outside areas compared to south west of England which has 51%.

In Wales, hospitality is set to open up again outside from April 22, and 42% of venues have spaces outside.

However, for the Scots, which can open outdoors from April 26, less than a quarter have that capacity.

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Karl Chessell, CGA business unit director for hospitality operators and food at EMEA, said: "When huge pent-up demand for hospitality and consumers' confidence rising, outside trading could give sales a useful kickstart but there are a lot of variables at play.

"Pubs with beer gardens will be popular if the sun shines but some restaurants may find it harder to recoup the costs of reopening, especially if the April weather isn't favourable.

"More than half of licensed premises have no space at all in which to trade, thought they could reopen in April if local authorities take a proactive approach and open up street spaces to serve on."

It comes as pub bosses slammed Boris Johnson's 'papers for pints', where Brits had proof of having the Covid vaccine for entry into venues.

The Prime Minister suggested pubs may have to decide whether to allow entry to those who've had the jab.

But pub owners bit back, saying it was a "fairly poorly thought out idea" that was "simply unworkable".

The PA news agency was told pubs may be allowed to scrap social distancing rules if they check customers’ certificates at the door – although no decisions have been made yet.

  • Pubs
  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus

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