Finance experts have sent out a call to arms to the British public ahead of pubs opening up next week.
Pubs and bars will be allowed to serve customers indoors from Monday (17th May) after a long third lockdown which has seen many pubs struggle to survive.
According to the latest estimates some 2,500 pubs have already shut during lockdown, with many others facing an uphill battle to recoup losses as the economy opens up.
Campaigners have produced a ‘Your Local Pub Needs You’ poster urging revellers to get their hands in their pockets to save the UK’s 40,000 boozers.
They are calling on Brits to sup 124 pints to give the industry the £25.66 billion cash boost it needs to get back to pre-pandemic income levels.
It highlights the scale of the plight facing Britain’s bars following lockdown.
A poster released to support the campaign states: “The average pub will need each customer to spend an additional £382 this year to combat the impact that Covid has had on the sector.
“Thank you for doing your bit!’’
Tomorrow's front page: 124 pints and a packet of crisps, please #TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/ZEqjpmOZkO pic.twitter.com/m1oLRk6W1i— Daily Star (@dailystar) May 13, 2021
The Company Debt website adds: “With the latest estimates suggesting that the UK’s food and beverage industry lost at least £25.66bn due to Covid-19 we wondered how much every person in the UK would need to spend in order to reach pre-pandemic levels.
“In particular we wondered how far that money would go in pubs, one of the most beleaguered sectors.
“We came up with a figure of 124 per pints per adult, based on a figure of 52million adults in the UK.’’
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