Pubs and clubs in the Lincoln branch have made it through lockdown, but 42% of pub-goers say they are visiting the pub less than they did before. So many pubs and clubs have supported their communities through lockdown, by running shops for essentials, delivering meals to vulnerable members of the community, moving the pub online to help fight loneliness and social isolation, or simply making sure that their regulars can still pick up fresh ale and cider.
Now they need our support more than ever. If you can go back to the pub please do so. Remember that if your local is under threat as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, CAMRA has a number of resources to help you save it. You can find them at camra.org.uk/saveyourlocal. If you’re not ready to go back to the pub, you can find takeaway and delivery services on WhatPub. This will help support pubs that aren’t open yet, so please think about using them.
As CAMRA members we stand ready to support our locals once they reopen –but we need to make sure that pubs survive this crisis so they can thrive in the months and years ahead. Some pub companies have offered support to their tenants but most of the largest have not. They are still charging rent or, at best, deferring payments so tenants will still be billed for this period at a later date.Pub companies have lobbied for a long time for the principle of rent paid by their tenants being based on turnover. Now that pubs are closed, most have no turnover –therefore we at CAMRA believe it is only fair that their rent should be cancelled. Of the “Big Six” pub companies (those which have over 500 pubs with tied tenants), only Admiral Taverns has cancelled rent for the closure period. We need other companies to follow suit urgently and take the responsible and fair course of action. Please help us persuade them to do the right thing, by sending an email to all the Chief Executives of the “Big Six” who are still planning to collect rent from their tenants.
Dates for your diary, the Festival will be open from Thursday 21st May to Saturday 23rd May 2020 at the Drill Hall, Lincoln. More details soon.