Following the announcement that pubs can operate as takeaways during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-grant-permission-for-pubs-and-restaurants-to-operate-as-takeaways-as-part-of-coronavirus-response), please find below a comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona: “We welcome any relaxation of regulations that will give pubs the best chance to survive this crisis. Allowing pubs to become takeaways for hot food is a good first step. It can also be a much-needed lifeline for many people who may otherwise not be able to access a meal due to supermarket shortages or self-isolation.
“However, we would also like to see pubs allowed to sell alcohol to take away so that they can keep trading. We also hope that the local community helps keep these pubs trading by utilising takeaways, rather than relying on supermarket booze. We would also like to see small and independent breweries sell directly to the public to give them a chance of survival through this period of restriction.
“CAMRA will be working with the trade to help highlight innovative ways that the public can continue to support their local pubs and breweries during these difficult times.”