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Easter closures due to Coronavirus to see pub sector lose £325m

It comes as those in the sector mark the second Easter in a row where pubs will not be able to open doors to its customers

The loss of beer sales from this Easter bank holiday weekend will result in the pub sector losing out on £325m in trade, according to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).

With limited trading conditions still in place to limit the spread of Covid-19, the trade group has said that UK pubs will also “miss out on selling 85 million pints this Easter”.

Under current restrictions, pubs across the UK can sell takeaway meals but cannot sell alcoholic beverages.

Pubs remain closed in England until 12 April at the earliest, and in line with the government’s roadmap owners should be able to open their venues as outdoor beer gardens after this date.

This will be followed by indoor reopening on 17 May and opening without restrictions from 21 June at the earliest.

It comes as those in the sector mark the second Easter in a row where pubs will not be able to open doors to its customers – with Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA labelling the situation as a “major disappointment for pubs and publicans”.

She said: “A visit to the pub over Easter is one of life’s simple pleasures, but sadly for the second year in a row our pubs remain forced shut…

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