LAST ORDERS: UK pubs could stay closed until Christmas as they’ll be ‘last to reopen’ when coronavirus lockdown ends.

via thesun

PUBS could remain closed until Christmas in a devastating blow to the trade.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove refused to rule out the possibility yesterday.

He said locals would be among the last to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown.

The disappointing development came as:

Pub industry insiders fear staying closed until the end of the year could kill off a huge number of Britain’s 48,349 locals.

Mr Gove was asked whether boozers would open “before winter”.

In response he said: “The other inference that I draw from your question, which is that areas of hospitality will be among the last to exit the lockdown — yes, that is true.”