Boris Johnson has announced that all wet pubs will be given £1,000 to help them out in what would normally have been their busiest time of the year.
The Prime Minister said that all pubs which do not serve food will be given the funding to ‘recognise how hard they have been hit’ by measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Under looming new rules, pubs will be forced to close under tier three – which come into force when England’s lockdown ends tomorrow – but can operate as take aways. Venues that are open in tier two must serve a ‘substantial meal’ with any alcohol they sell – amid discussion over whether a scotch egg or two counts.
Defending support for the hospitality sector during a Commons debate on Covid-19 this afternoon, Mr Johnson reeled off a list of support already announced, and told MPs: ‘Today we’re going further, with a one-off payment of £1,000 in December to wet pubs – that’s pubs that do not serve food.
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‘Recognising how hard they’ve been hit by this virus in what is typically their busiest month.’
The British Beer and Pub Association has already criticised the amount of support being offered.
The move comes as the PM looks to ward off a Conservative rebellion over his post-lockdown plan.
MPs are due to vote on Tuesday on measures that would put 99% of England’s population into the tough measures of tier two and three.
Pubs will only be allowed to open in the second tier if they can act as a restaurant, while those in the third will only be permitted to serve takeaway.
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