YouGov research has found that the majority of pub-goers believe that pubs and other hospitality venues offer a Covid-secure environment.
The survey, conducted on the behalf of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), found that 82% of adults who have been to the pub at least once in the last six months felt hospitality businesses were Covid-secure environments, reflecting the huge investment many pubs have made to re-open during the pandemic.
Many pubs have invested thousands to utilise new technologies to introduce track and trace, table service, flexi glass screening, new sanitation stations and deep cleans.
CAMRA has consistently called on government to offer evidence into virus transmissions within the pub setting and is asking ministers to publish the evidence on which decisions are being taken about what the tier system in England will look like after lockdown ends on 2 December.
The campaign has also called on the Scottish Government to re-examine strict restrictions on pubs as part of its 5 tier system.
The consumer group now wants the UK government to adapt the tier system in England to allow all pubs to open on 3 December – regardless of whether they serve food or not – so that consumers can enjoy the personal wellbeing benefits of pub-going over the Christmas season.
Nik Antona, national chairman of CAMRA, said: “Businesses should be allowed to open based on whether they can provide a Covid-secure environment – not based on whether they serve food.
“Publicans have invested thousands to keep their customers safe this year and comply with additional regulations and track and trace requirements, and this research shows that customers recognise this too.
“We are particularly concerned that wet-led pubs have been hit by forced closure in Tier 3 areas even before lockdown and have been left out from the VAT reductions that only apply to food and non-alcoholic drinks, despite needing support just as much as other hospitality venues. It’s vital that they are given the chance to trade after lockdown ends.”