This week the Daily Mail reported there has been a whopping increase in pubs using Marquees to accommodate Covid19 restrictions.
Many parts of Britain are currently working under different tier Covid19 rules, pubs across the country are having to come up with different methods to get people to visit and course stay within legal guidelines. The last thing we would want is for any put to end up with a £10,000 fine.
The Government has recommended that pub landlords and restaurateurs to ensure social distancing is maintained within marquees, and that they are open on three or four sides to be considered as an ‘external environment’.
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said
“Many pubs have invested in their outdoor spaces to make them comfortable and welcoming for winter so do check out your local.”
And UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls added:
“A marquee is a great idea, provided the pub has the space. Utilising outdoor areas will be vital if pubs and bars are going to trade at anything approaching a healthy level. Some local authorities have relaxed rules to let businesses utilise outdoor space and we hope more will follow that lead.”
Nik Antona, national chairman for the Campaign for Real Ale, told the Mail Online today:
“Beer gardens are an intrinsic part of British pub culture”
“This year, we’re in exceptional circumstances as more pubs have turned to putting up marquees and heating their outdoor areas to keep abreast of Covid-19 restrictions and social distancing measure”
It has been reported that some pubs have spent more than £10,000 adapting the interiors of their venues, according to research, but many can now entertain customers outside too.
Official data suggests close to four in ten restaurants, pubs, hotels are at risk of going bust, and the majority are now loss-making. Hiring or purchasing a marquee could be the difference for pubs across Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and other parts of the north west.
Elite Marquees Director Mark Dilley
“Its been a massive adaption period for all businesses in the last 7 months. We have been no different ourselves. We have seen a massive increase in the amount of contact we have with pubs, looking to offer a different kind of solution that falls legally within the guidelines. Our advice is to talk to us, we will be happy to help and advise whats the best solution for your premises.