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Fears for Brit boozers as a QUARTER of all pubs in Australia may NEVER reopen after coronavirus lockdown


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A QUARTER of pubs in Australia may never serve booze again despite easing of the coronavirus lockdown, an industry expert has warned.

The frank admission from the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association raises fears that well-loved watering holes will also fail to eventually reopen in the UK.

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People wait in line at a bar after coronavirus restrictions were finally eased in Darwin, Australia on May 15
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The Northern Territory has lifted a range of restrictions but social distancing is still required
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Thirsty work: a publican drinks a beer after coronavirus restrictions were eased, in Darwin, May 15
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Bottoms up in another pub in Oz, as drinkers return to their favourite boozers
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Wes Lambert, CEO of the association, told the Herald Sun he predicted only “75 per cent will survive”.

The organisation is busy lobbying the government for tax changes to leave more money in the pocket of hard-hit pub landlords, and to protect the wider hospitality sector including cafes and restaurants.

He said that “getting larger venues open viably as soon as possible is really important.”

But this is difficult “until domestic and international tourism restarts”.

Restaurants, cafes and bars in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, are allowed to reopen from today, May 15.

After a two-month shutdown under coronavirus lockdown measures, the federal government is keen to get people back in work and the economy back on track Down Under.

Australia has recorded 7,019 cases, and 98 deaths during the pandemic.

‘BE RESPONSIBLE’

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian cautioned people to remain vigilant and maintain social distancing as restaurants, public pools and other businesses reopen under the proviso they limit customers to ten at any one time.

She told reporters in Sydney: “Easing restrictions has failed in so many places around the world and I don’t want that to happen in NSW.

“I want people to have personal responsibility for the way we respond.”

NSW officials reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the highest daily tally in just over a week.

The national daily increase has slowed to an average of fewer than 20 a day.

Officials have credited lockdown measures adopted in March, including closing the country’s borders and ordering people to stay home unless on essential business, with constraining the spread of the bug.

VIC LOCKDOWN

PM Scott Morrison has outlined a three-stage plan to remove almost all lockdown measures by July.

Under Australia’s federal system, the implementation of the three-stage plan is the responsibility of individual states and territories. This has meant that different parts of the country are following individual timetables.

In NSW, where schools are also slowly reopening, people can have five guests and public gatherings are limited to ten.

In the Northern Territory, where case numbers have been low and there have been no deaths, pubs are opening with no restrictions on patron numbers and there are no limits on public gatherings or house visits.

Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, is currently still in lockdown.

People drink beer at the Cavenaugh Hotel in Darwin
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Darwin Hotel venue manager Penny Phillips talks to police after coronavirus restrictions were eased
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UK FEARS

In the UK, pubgoers are likely to feel envious of their Aussie counterparts, as pubs remain shut during the continued lockdown.

The Government has revealed that pubs, hairdressers and cinemas will only be allowed to reopen once the UK passes five tests.

Nik Antona, CAMRA’s National Chairman said: “The Campaign for Real Ale continues to urge the government to enhance and extend the support package for the hospitality industry to ensure jobs are protected, and businesses are in the best position to reopen when allowed.

“The package needs to be extended to brewers, cider producers and others in the hospitality supply chain.

“The Government must recognise that even when allowed to reopen, hospitality businesses will be operating at hugely reduced trade.

“The support package needs to be extended beyond reopening and transition funding should be made available to help pubs, bars and producers start up again.”

Bars in Spain, Italy, France are due to open in the coming weeks.


In the Northern Territory, where case numbers have been low and there have been no deaths, pubs are opening with no restrictions on patron numbers
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More cheers at Northern Territory after restrictions were lifted
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A QUARTER of pubs in Australia may never serve booze again despite easing of the coronavirus lockdown, an industry expert has warned. The frank admission from the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association raises fears that well-loved watering holes will also fail to eventually reopen in the UK. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the […]

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