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UK pubs’ turnover 20% down on pre-Covid levels despite return of indoor drinking

Industry group says restrictions must be eased further under 21 June roadmap or pubs will remain ‘unviable’

Britain’s pubs continued to pull fewer pints in the first week that venues opened indoors than before the pandemic after Covid restrictions led to a 20% slump in trade compared with pre-pandemic levels.

Pub owners have warned that despite welcoming customers back indoors from 17 May, and a boom in table bookings for restaurants and bars, turnover in the first week of reopening was 20% lower than in the same week in 2019 because of government restrictions and physical-distancing measures.

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