Just 27% of pubs in Britain — some 12,600 — have re-opened this week, according to the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA).
In a survey of its members earlier this week, pub operators also suggested that their pubs could close again as soon as this week if they are unviable opening under the new tier two restrictions.
The BBPA says the findings highlight just how much the pub sector expects to be unviable under the new tier restrictions, in place for the foreseeable future.
Further research by the trade association shows that pubs in England will receive three times less financial support than pubs in Wales.
The average grant payment a pub will receive in England over the next six weeks will be £3,400, whereas an initial analysis of the package announced by the Welsh government on Monday suggests this would be £11,300 for pubs in Wales, in compensation for the tighter restrictions coming into force there.
Some pubs in Wales, based on employee numbers, will be eligible for considerably more than this, and yet, in contrast, the total that pubs in England are eligible for is between £3,000 and £5,500 over the same six-week period.
The BBPA says this shows how ‘meagre’ the prime minister’s one-off £1,000 payment to pubs is. It says unless the tier restrictions change, the prime minister needs to provide both pubs and the breweries that supply them in England with far greater support, like that being offered to those in Wales.