Pubs and COVID-19: Flawed claims and faulty reasoning
- Most COVID-19 infections appear to take place in private households. Less than five per cent of infected individuals contacted by NHS Test and Trace say that they have had close contact with another person in a hospitality venue.
- Enforced pub closures in Bolton and Leicester have not been associated with a decline in transmission of COVID-19, nor has the 10pm ‘curfew’ led to a decline in new infections nationwide.
- It is likely that a shutdown of the pub sector will lead to a further increase in unregulated private gatherings where transmission of the virus is easier. The strengthening and effective enforcement of proven preventive measures should be used to help stem the spread of COVID-19, not new lockdowns and restrictions.