25 May 2021

Bira calls for PM to stick to exit roadmap

Bira is encouraging the Government to stick to its exit out of lockdown roadmap - with restrictions ending on June 21.

CEO Andrew Goodacre spoke to the Sunday Express and, along with a host of other industry bodies, urged the PM to stick to the plan for June 21 'freedom day'.

He told the Express that retail footfall was still down 25% on the same pre-pandemic period of 2019.

In the same article, hospitality leaders warned that a third of pubs and restaurants would collapse if restrictions are reimposed or the June plans are cancelled.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality said any delay would be a “disaster” and added: “You are looking at a third of premises would go.

“We lost 12,000 during the first year of Covid. You are now looking at businesses coming up to almost 18 months of restricted trading, you could see 30.000 premises close.”

Read the article here 

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