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Evidence to justify pub closures “very weak”


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Responding to the prospect of further restrictions on the hospitality sector, including pub closures, Christopher Snowdon, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics, said:

“The hospitality sector is Britain’s third biggest employer and the social benefits of pubs and restaurants are immense. The government should only consider shutting them down again if the evidence is overwhelming. In fact, the evidence that pubs are a significant source of COVID-19 transmission is very weak.

“The curfew has been counter-productive. Pubs and restaurants are highly regulated environments. Shutting them down again is likely to make the situation worse.”

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NOTE: The IEA has today released a short briefing paper by Christopher Snowdon examining the impact of Covid-19 measures on the pub industry.

Read ‘Pubs and COVID-19: Flawed claims and faulty reasoning’ here.



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