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Government will have to take heed if Covid calls time on more UK pubs | Larry Elliott

Communities most likely to lose their local are ones that have taken biggest pandemic hit

One of the things many of us have missed most during the repeated lockdowns of the past year has been a visit to the pub. Raising a glass to a friend over a Zoom call is all very well but no substitute for an after-work natter in a welcoming boozer.

Unfortunately, when hibernation eventually ends, many of the pubs that were around when the first coronavirus lockdown was announced almost a year ago will no longer exist. Hospitality has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the restrictions imposed to reduce the spread of the virus, and many hostelries have not survived despite the furlough, grants and the other financial support on offer from the government.

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