Over 4,000 pub staff in Northumberland hit by virus measures

Over 4,000 pub staff fall victim to new virus measuresOver 4,000 pub staff fall victim to new virus measures
Over 4,000 pub staff fall victim to new virus measures
More than 4,000 pub staff in Northumberland will not be able to work over the festive period as the area enters new Tier 3 virus restrictions, new figures suggest.

Under the new restrictions, which came into force on December 2, pubs and bars have to close except for takeaway and delivery services.

The British Beer and Pub Association estimates that 4,074 pub staff in the area will be affected as 324 venues shut their doors and warns of “carnage” across the industry unless the Government acts immediately to provide more help.

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The BBPA says that pubs in the area stand to lose £15.2m in turnover over December, based on estimates of usual takings for the month.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “With 99% of the country under tighter Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions, there will be carnage unless the Government acts immediately.

“We need the Government to recognise the impact of these restrictions and urgently provide more financial support.

“We cannot overstate how serious the situation is currently facing our staff, communities and businesses.”

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A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spokesman said: "We understand the pressure businesses are currently under, particularly the hospitality industry. These restrictions, which are reviewed every 14 days, are essential so we can control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives."

He added that the £1,000 grant for pubs accompanied a "wide-ranging package of financial support", including the extended furlough scheme, other business grants, loan schemes and business rates holidays.