Landlords have warned that a second lockdown could see pubs close for good unless the Government provides a support package, as fears of a second coronavirus wave increase.
Campaign for Real Ale, a voluntary organisation which promotes British pubs, has warned that a second national coronavirus lockdown could have a 'terrifying impact' on pubs across the UK.
It said that many pubs are making their venues Covid-secure and are still struggling 'to return to growth' two months after reopening following the first lockdown.
The national chairman Nik Antona has urged the Government to introduce a support package for pubs to reintroduce the full furlough scheme amid fears of a second coronavirus wave.
Campaign for Real Ale, which promotes pubs across Britain, has warned that a second national coronavirus lockdown could see pubs closing for good across the UK. Pictured, The Montagu Pyke in London on July 4
Nik Antona added: 'The prospect of a second lockdown will be a terrifying impact on publicans who have invested money and time making their premises COVID secure and who are still struggling to return to growth two months after reopening.
'If another lockdown is announced, the Government must immediately introduce a new, comprehensive support package for pubs that includes extending the business rates holiday for another year, reintroducing the full furlough scheme, and announcing new hospitality support grants.
'This will be the only way to avoid mass pub closures and job losses.
'The vast majority of publicans and pub-goers across the country are doing the right thing.
'They are acting responsibly and willing to do whatever is necessary to provide a safe, Covid-secure place for people to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of having a pint with friends and family.'
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A 10pm curfew has already been imposed on pubs and restaurants across the northeast of England, as further lockdown measures are imposed.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the measures, which also ban people from mixing with other households, in a statement to the House of Commons on Thursday.
And today, Mr Hancock has further warned that another blanket national lockdown was the 'last line of defence' but said now is a 'big moment for the country'.
Another swathe of England is being ordered into coronavirus lockdown as Mr Hancock today admitted that a new national Covid squeeze is on the cards.
Curfews on pubs is also being introduced from Tuesday across parts of the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire as the Government tightens restrictions in high-risk areas.
Some supermarkets and food retailers have already put contingency plans in place if the testing system buckles. Above, people enjoy a