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Will you be visiting your local pub this weekend?

New research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research predicts a third of UK adults plan to visit a pub on the reopening weekend.

Britons are expected to spend £210 million in pubs on the July 4 weekend as they rush back after the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

New research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) predicts that more than a third of UK adults plan to visit a pub in the first week they reopen after the lockdown.

After more than three months stuck at home, drinkers are expected to flock back to pubs in a major boost for the sector’s hopes of a rapid recovery.

The think tank said that around 35% of adults plan to return to pubs in the first week possible, with a “substantial proportion” of these intending to go during the initial weekend.

CEBR said it expects around 6.5 million pub trips to be made on the weekend, which is around 1.5 million more than would be the case on a normal weekend.

However, it stressed that a majority of the population “remain cautious” over a return to bars and pubs.

The rush to the pub is expected to result in a jump in consumer spending, with spending expected to increase by 32% over the weekend, it said.

The CEBR report added: “The longer-term outlook for the pub industry may not be so rosy, however.

“Many within the wider hospitality industry had warned that the need for two-metre social distancing rendered a majority of businesses unviable.

“Though the replacement of this rule with a new “one-metre plus” recommendation means that many more pubs will now be able to return to operation, it still represents a considerable restriction for others.”

It also said it estimates that average profits for those which reopen to be around 46% of pre-crisis levels, as dwindling sales are eaten up by cost rises.

What are your views? Do you intend to visit your local this weekend? Or are you remaining cautious? Is it too soon for pubs to open? Or do you trust the new measures that have been put in place to make them Covid safe?

Will you be visiting your local pub this weekend?

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viking
24th Aug 2020
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Possibly pubs and clubs are causing the latest spikes in the Covid rate ??
monzaV
9th Aug 2020
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I like a pub as much as anyone but sadly when the drinks in the wits are out and social- distancing is the first casualty. I think we are all ready seeing the results of crowded pubs and raves in the north. I know its a drag but it is what it is this will drag on as long as we let it but we will face more lockdowns and if we hope to have anything like a decent Xmas including for business and retail we need to get off the beaches and start using some common sense. There are people in this world living in far worse
conditions show some backbone.
Denizen
7th Aug 2020
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My city has just been put back in lockdown due to people going to bars and not observing the social distancing laws. The whole city is paying the price for the few who could not manage without. a drink in a pub.
deewock
5th Aug 2020
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I was at my local on the first day it opened, not a lot of people there. I think some people are still a bit wary of this virus. In Scotland I think pubs might be shutdown again, a wee spike and Nicola will not hesitate to shut them. Ohhhh shit back to tinned beer
sparrer
24th Jul 2020
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No point as I don't drink.
viking
13th Jul 2020
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We are not aware of all that goes on behind the scenes. Why would the Boss of Wetherspoons sell so many of his shares in his company so now owns just 27%. Perhaps he knows what will happen to the pub industry because of the virus.
SueC62
11th Jul 2020
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So, last Saturday, I messaged my son to ask if he (49), his wife (49) and son (21) would be going to the pub. His reply was

'Mum, what sort of Son do you think I am. It's 11.45am! We were in at 6am with the hardened drinkers, already back at home falling asleep in front of the telly. It was a b****r trying to find a kebab shop open on the way home though!'.

I was worried that my grandson would be tempted but when I asked him the following day, his response made it clear he's no intention of doing other than having socially distanced chats with his mates over the garden gate. It probably helps that just as lock down happened he had a scare but it turned out to be tonsillitis.
sparrer
10th Jul 2020
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Pubs now opened, four youths got in a car while drunk and an innocent person sitting on a bench at the side of the road died. Oh, and the ambulance service was called out to drunks all weekend, exactly like it was before lockdown.

I, and the majority of my friends, don't drink so we'll not be visiting a pub but will look out for drunks and not just at the weekends.
SnapperStephen
4th Jul 2020
1
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We noticed that only the Wetherspoons was open in our City today, The smaller pubs were still closed. We rarely go to the pub locally, only when we visit the in laws at Shifnal. We go for the odd meal now and then. We are in no hurry to go to the pub. I feel a little apprehensive about going as the restrictions though necessary and understandable take the social side of going out less enjoyable.
Supersabre
3rd Jul 2020
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Massive crowds, plenty of drink, what can possibly go wrong? Pity the poor emergency services having to pick up the pieces. Disaster waiting to happen. Far better to stay in with a nice bottle of wine.
Lionel
3rd Jul 2020
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Alcohol and I parted company about three years ago and I was never a pub person anyway. The last visit to a pub was more than twenty years ago.
Irene88
3rd Jul 2020
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I would love to, BUT until I;ve seen how this is going to work I'll continue my tipple at home.
SnapperStephen
4th Jul 2020
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I fully agree with you Irene. The risk of infection however slight is not worth the price of a pint or two. We are enjoying a glass of red as I type.
SueC62
3rd Jul 2020
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If I was in the UK, I definitely wouldn't be going. Normally, the only time I go to a pub is for a meal, apart from our village gala day when I usually have a drink outside whilst waiting for friends.

I'm now waiting to see what the UK cases are like by the end of July before planning my return from Turkey. But as today, the UK government have removed nearly 30K cases from the total count since yesterday, I don't think I can believe any of the information they put out.
Lionel
3rd Jul 2020
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I've got problems with government credibility too.
viking
4th Jul 2020
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We personally know of 3 cases where friends have died in care homes..The relatives concerned have examined the death certificates and found in each case death was given as due to "possible corona virus ".
It's no wonder that the so called figures for this pandemic are so confusing if the medical profession are not sure who has the virus and who has'nt.
SueC62
4th Jul 2020
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My dad is in a care home too. I understand that the problem is that when they locked down (dad's was early March) that also meant the GPs stopped physical visits. So if someone died, presumably they would have to rely on what the care home staff reported to write the death certificate?
viking
3rd Jul 2020
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Well lets just see after this week end if it turns out as the sooth sayers are predicting.
I suspect that it may be just as good as a John Wayne bar room brawl, so it will make up for the lack of cowboy films now showing.
Lionel
3rd Jul 2020
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Cowboy films? Just wait for all the re-runs at Christmas. High Noon was a Christmas day staple for donkey's years.
jeffsoo
1st Jul 2020
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Not Saturday but maybe Sunday
Margaret Hart
1st Jul 2020
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I am still in lock down but in any case nothing would get me to a pub when they have been shut for 3 months. Just a tiny bit of thought would have made it 6th July a Monday night when many have work the following day not Saturday which is one of the craziest nights of the week anyway. I fear this country will pay a high price for this. People. Ware going to have to wait to be served and have patience while doing so. I also think that spare time will give the drug sellers time to do there business.
I hope. I’m wrong but I think a lot of people and ptremises will be badly damaged this weekend. Everything has moved to fast.
Valleyman
30th Jun 2020
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A night out. Imagine the scene. Massive queues, spread out to the horizon by socially distancing. Once you get to the door you're greeted by bouncers in visors, masks, and gloves, who want to know who you are, where you live and what your phone number is. You are shown to a table surrounded by plastic walls and reminded not to stand up or talk to anyone outside of your household group. You order over-priced drinks on an app to avoid any chat with the staff, and pray you never need the toilet! After your two pints maximum (we don't want any dis-inhibition here) you leave by the back exit, get in your car (avoid public transport) and go home to sulk. Or stay in?
ChrisH24
1st Jul 2020
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Yes not a encouraging thought is it? Much though I am sorry for the licensed trade I will be staying in.
simbadog
30th Jun 2020
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I would imagine the media on Sunday will be full of reports of individuals going overboard. Just like last week when the crowds flocked to the beaches and a few weeks ago when all the protestors descended on the cities. It makes a mockery of all the efforts and sacrifice most people have made during this pandemic
VeraW7
30th Jun 2020
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Local shopping, only as necessary. Long time since I went to a pub for a drink so won't be going anytime soon.
Zoe K
30th Jun 2020
3
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I am shielding. Whist covid is still around I will not be putting my life in other peoples hands. I have to go to the local shop, that's enough for me. I am happy enough to stay at home and do loads of the things I have to do. Stay safe. Z.
Billythequiche
30th Jun 2020
4
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The thought of a cool pint in pub garden with the family sounds idyllic but the reality is nothing like. packed to the rafters with those intent on drinking as much as possible is not a vision of heaven. The queue outside will be lengthy and abused by those who think queuing is not for them. The attempt to enforce ordering by app and giving details will soon be overwhelmed by a mindless minority with a sense of entitlement to be served at the bar with cash. Inevitably some moron will start a fight. Does not appeal to me at all.
Might try our local club in a couple of weeks time when things calm down.
Hazbeck48
30th Jun 2020
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I’m not a big pub goer at the best of times, but having been staying at home since mid-March, and missing seeing my family and friends, especially my grandchildren, I don’t want to undo all that good work just for the sake of a glass of wine.
Many people have proved they cannot abide by the social distancing guidelines already, so with a few drinks inside them, there’ll be no chance of them doing so! I think I prefer to meet friends and family in a small groups, whilst observing a proper distance, for the time being.
HappyHippie
30th Jun 2020
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it's not over yet and I want to be one of the ones who come out of this alive.... I can wait
copperbeech
30th Jun 2020
2
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It's not over yet!
Joan Fraser
30th Jun 2020
2
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I'm in Scotland and our pubs won't be open until later' but I won't be rushing to a pub or resturaunt any time soon. I have a birthday looming and have declined a family offer to go out to celebrate. Also, there's a certain chain of pubs whose owner treated his staff so badly at the outset of lockdown that is definitely off my future list of venues. When I do decide to go out for a drink and/or a meal, it will be to a local family owned place that contributes to our community
Lindaann
30th Jun 2020
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If I go its with friends as we are all of a certain age and some are shielding till August we won't be going for a long time
BillS42
30th Jun 2020
5
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As an ex licensee I know there will be a load of idiots waiting to get drunk with no thought to the safety or comfort of others. There will more than likely result in a spike of covid19 and these idiots will not care at all.
ChrisJ33
29th Jun 2020
4
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I like to go to a pub with friends for a meal. However, how can you have a spontaneous outing when you have to book in advance, give details of where you live in case the occasion arises when you have to be traced, and keep at least one metre from each other with the minimum amount of conversation? It sounds to me like a recipe for a miserable outing and until the position improves, preferably with a vaccine available, I will continue to take my evening meal alone in front of the TV.
David Guy
30th Jun 2020
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That is EXACTLY how I feel about it. Thank you.
ElisabethR
29th Jun 2020
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I am still shielding but even if I wasn't I would not be going.
Anyone else who wants to go........... Good luck.
JohnB81
29th Jun 2020
1
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Stopped drinking altogether on 1st June. and not missed alcohol at all.

I miss the conversation with mates at the pub but I’ll not be rushing back.
Retiredyorkie
29th Jun 2020
4
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No thanks - I usually go out on occasions with friends usually for a pub lunch and a good old chat,

Don't think that this will be happening for quite a while.

So I won't be anywhere near a pub at the weekend.
arnoldbradford
29th Jun 2020
2
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No chance I am T.T. also to many will over do things.
Nannypink
29th Jun 2020
1
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I imagine there will be plenty that will hence our decision not to go until things calm down
Stjustpaul
29th Jun 2020
5
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I think that there will be a great deal of drunkeness at first, and it will be a nightmare this Saturday!
GwynethC8
29th Jun 2020
2
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I don't tend to go to pubs these days anyway. I'd rather go to a good restaurant and have a decent wine with my meal.
Yodama
29th Jun 2020
1
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I won't be going because it will be too surreal for me, I love to jostle, rub shoulders and have confidential conversations. Since we will be sitting so far apart, it will seem very, very odd, you would have to raise your voice to speak over the distance.
I do miss going out to eat, mainly at pubs/restaurants but will wait until we are "allowed" to be normal again.
Time to ease the 2metre distancing...I think! Cough, cough!
Elem
29th Jun 2020
4
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I won't be going to the pub, not yet. I will wait for another few weeks /months. I do enjoy sitting outside in a lovely beer garden, but will enjoy having a glass of wine in my garden for a while longer if and when we get the sun back ☀️
swaneldo
29th Jun 2020
1
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Doesn't appeal to me one bit - overpriced; overcrowded; over loud; boorish behaviour and I'm sure the pubs will be absolutely mobbed as soon as the doors open. Some will be guzzling as much as they can and then having pointless arguments and a punch up for no reason whatsoever. Behaviour hasn't exactly been a shining example anywhere since the lockdown started easing off. It's a shame that things which should be nice, sociable relaxation has, like most things, been hijacked by those who have a life's ambition to spoil everything for others.
Anniedunne
29th Jun 2020
2
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I am very concerned re pubs opening. Because apparently in London, already crowds are outside pubs with little social distancing. I am not convinced some people are taking this pandemic seriously.
Bald123
29th Jun 2020
2
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Not this weekend as I have a feeling the pubs will be mobbed but in about 10 days yes for a nice pint in my locals garden.-bliss
Ian123
29th Jun 2020
5
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I certainly wouldn’t visit the pub this Saturday or any other time in the near future.
Being aged, fat, and diabetic I feel that the Coronavirus is waiting for me to slip up.
Once alcohol takes over inhibitions lessen and the one metre rule will be temporarily forgotten.
For those who do go out, enjoy, but have the decency to tell people that you intend to visit in the near future that you are out mixing socially so that they are aware.
Cheers
eric1
29th Jun 2020
5
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This is another announcement designed to appease those who have continuously cajoled the Government to do something for the UK's millions of drinkers, I love a tipple myself but even with Social distancing a Public house is going to be a breeding ground for infection.
I just cannot imagine for one minute that a group of drunken men and women are going to stay away from each other after a few well-chosen shorts! Yes, we all crave Social intercourse of the verbal kind, but I personally feel that Boris and co have been pushed into a decision that - if proof be told - the scientists were dead against in the first place, there has recently been a 'spike' in Leicestershire and it has been locked down for a further 2 weeks, what is about to happen this Saturday will just inflame that situation, by closing time the celebrations will make the USA's celebrations look like a stroll in the park, so no, sadly, i will not be joining the millions who will be looking for release on July 4th,
Reynard
29th Jun 2020
7
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I am certainly not that desperate to go to a pub especially as the world & it’s wife will be packing them selves into them if people can’t understand the concept of social distancing on a beach what will they be doing in pubs & beer gardens
kentrix39
29th Jun 2020
3
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I do not come out of lock down till 1st August, being a very vulnerable person. I do not have a local we go to to variety of pubs/restaurants in Surrey for Saturday lunch and Sunday lunch with friends. Our next booking is Saturday 1st August the day that I can officially mix at a distance.
Wilf
29th Jun 2020
4
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Yes I think I will treat myself to a nice Guinness and a packet of salt and vinegar crisps and sit and watch the (hectic) world go by and start up again! Let's hope this is not a catalyst to start the spread of the virus again.
bob scott
29th Jun 2020
5
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One! I am only aloud out on parole, due to my age 5. years old. Oh sorry I ment 82. years old, its just that I feel I am being treated like a five year old. But I will be celebrating July 4.th due to having a visit with my barber, just can't wait. Bob. Scott
parsnip54
29th Jun 2020
10
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Absolutely NOT. I too would prefer to enjoy a beer or wine that I prefer in my own surroundings with the people I would rather be with, not in a noisy area with people trying to talk over each other, having to queue at the bar with idiots who have to be served before anyone else and have no respect for other people’s space..
Reynard
29th Jun 2020
2
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Marley444
29th Jun 2020
9
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I couldn't think of anything worse than going to the pub this weekend! I think many people have adapted to a new way of life and a glass of wine in the garden with a handful of friends is far more conducive to enjoyment than being in a pub with the potential risk. I don't think it is our generation that will be out and about on 4th July somehow. I wonder if those who are desperate to get back to the pub have managed to retain their job in this economic downturn? I hope so 🙂

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