St Austell Brewery chief executive, Kevin Georgel, with Kim Barker, tenant of the Ship Inn, Pentewan

St Austell Brewery chief executive, Kevin Georgel, has been explaining how the company is getting to grips with the pubs shutdown.

He told industry newsletter, Propel, that although Government measures to support employees was a huge reassurance, there was lots of work to be done.

He said: “In the short term, we have an immediate challenge of having to work through the logistics, from both an operational and team aspect, as we temporarily close our managed pubs and support our tenants in light of the government’s instructions, which we respect and will adhere to.

“In the coming weeks we will need to work through the announcement and the fiscal support the Chancellor has committed to providing, and understand how we will use this to underpin our efforts in supporting our teams, tenants, customers, and the communities in which we operate.

“We know, for so many, pubs play a key role in bringing together local communities and are a vital a place of sanctuary, and will play an important role as the country comes through this crisis.

“In parallel with the government’s instructions, and regular reviews of possible re-opening dates, we’re committed to working towards welcoming guests back into our pubs when we know it’s safe to do so. We’re not through this, and like the rest of the country we will continue to decide how best to navigate the many challenges ahead.”

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