“The furlough scheme only protects employees if they have a job to go back to. With the rule of six and mandatory table service, many pubs are running at a loss and 25,000 licensed venues have still not reopened.
“It is absurd that people can cram themselves onto a train on their way to the cinema, but cannot stand outside a pub with a pint.
“It is imperative that all social distancing rules are abolished on 21st June. Pubs have been used as a scapegoat too often during the pandemic. They have shouldered an excessive burden for 15 months. In two weeks’ time, everything must go.”
Notes to Editors
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Further IEA reading:
Pubs and COVID-19: Flawed claims and faulty reasoning by Christopher Snowdon
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