Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a one-off £1,000 grant for ‘wet-led pubs’ within Tiers 2 and 3 in lieu of Christmas trade.
Pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food can apply for a one-off £1,000 grant to help make ends meet over the festive period.
Key criteria includes:
- It may be claimed by pubs “forced to reduce their operations” over the festive period.
- The pubs must be in Tier 2 and 3 areas which restrict pub openings.
- Pubs must apply through their local authority which will be responsible for distributing the grants.
- The payment will be made once per business for the month of December only.
- Payments do not affect a business’s eligibility for other COVID-related grants.
However this has been met with dismay from the trade with Industry Leaders saying it does not go far enough.
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 new rules, pubs will be forced to close under tier three – but can operate as take aways. Venues that are open in tier two must serve a ‘substantial meal’ with any alcohol they sell.
It is estimated that potentially as much as 90% of venues will be unviable by the new year as a result of the tiers and this one off payment does very little to support an industry which has been devastated by the new measures.
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