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‘Opening in April isn’t viable’ says Greene King’s chief executive

Closed Greene King pub, Swan & Bottle, Uxbridge

Nick Mackenzie, chief executive at Greene King has voiced his concern at reopening the company’s pub gardens in April as part of the country’s roadmap out of lockdown, saying it ‘simply isn’t viable’ to do so.

Following the Prime Minister’s update on the easing of lockdown on Monday night, Mackenzie said it was disappointing not to be able to open alongside non-essential retail, gyms and hairdressers on April 12, with the new rules allowing hospitality venues to trade outside only from this date.

Pubs, restaurant and hotels will then be permitted to reopen fully from May 17.

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Nick Mackenzie, chief executive of Greene King, said: “We are desperate to reopen our pubs. Opening pub gardens in April simply isn’t viable so many pubs will have to remain closed and, with a phased reopening from May, next week’s Budget needs to bring positive news as we continue to burn tens of millions of pounds in cash every month.

An extension to furlough, the business rates holiday and hospitality VAT cut for another year, as well as providing additional targeted support to those most affected, will help project jobs and the future of the great British pub. As we look to June, we need clarity on what the full lifting of restrictions looks like so we can plan for pubs to be open as normal once more.

“Pubs and hospitality can be part of the solution when it comes to safe and responsible socialising, where people can meet in Covid-secure environments rather than behind closed doors in each other’s homes.”

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3 Comments

  1. Opening pubs for outside service only is a ridiculous idea, the British weather is too unpredictable it’s impossible to know til the actual day what the weather will be like which makes booking a table pointless for customers and doing a staff rota pointless for managers
    It will all be so inconsistent and unreliable
    Boris should just wait until they can safely open, and then allow them to open properly
    England is just not designed for outside dining

  2. Dear Sir you should open your pubs in April even for the sake of your customers put gazbebos up and outside heaters its better than staying shut and doing nothing this government does not care how much money you are losing they have their fingers in their own pie’s

  3. Take the government to court pubs should open fully april 12th with none essential shops why should pub’s discriminated against you say you are loosing money every day you are shut Take them to court you will win savings off millions of pounds

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