Covid-19 / 16 March 2021

Scottish pubs will miss out on selling 1.4 million pints this St Patrick’s Day due to lockdown

SBPA highlights ongoing damage lockdown is causing to pubs

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association, the leading trade association representing brewers and pubs, has today revealed that Scotland’s pubs will miss out on selling 1.4 million pints this St Patrick’s Day due to the fact they remain forced closed due to the lockdown.

Pubs across Scotland also remain unable to sell takeaway beer this St Patrick’s Day too, due to lockdown restrictions that mean they can only sell food for takeaway.

It means those looking to celebrate St Patrick’s Day cannot do so with a takeaway pint of draught beer from their local. According to the SBPA, the loss of sales from St Patrick’s Day alone will result in the trade losing out on £5.2 million that would have been crucial to the sectors recovery. The SBPA said that it was a great shame people were still unable to visit their local to mark such a celebratory occasion in the calendar.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the Scottish Beer & Pub Association, said:
“A pint in the pub on St Patrick’s Day is always a joyous occasion, but sadly this year it will not happen. Hundreds of thousands of pub goers across Scotland will be devastated they cannot enjoy a cold one at their local. It’s a real disappointment for our pubs too, who will miss out on what would’ve been a big boost to their trade and at a much-needed time too. Instead, they will miss out on selling some 1.4 million pints. That’s £5.2 million in trade that would have been warmly welcomed by them. We urgently need to get the pub reopen and operating without restrictions so the recovery can truly begin.”

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