By Altus Group | October 20, 2020

As the Government tightens restrictions in the North of England to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, plunging Greater Manchester into tier 3 restrictions, nearly 4,000 pubs have now been ordered to shut with a further 12,500 pubs trading under enhanced tier 2 restrictions according to analysis of official Government data by the real estate adviser, Altus Group.

At the beginning of this month there were 37,616 pubs in England, excluding wine bars, with Altus Group saying that mandating pubs to close under Tier 3 measures across the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire and Greater Manchester has seen 3,967 pubs, more than 1 in 10 of all English pubs, having to close unless they can operate as if they were a restaurant serving substantial meals.

Tier 3 measures currently affect 1,031 pubs within the Liverpool City Region, 1,127 across Lancashire and now a further 1,809 in Greater Manchester.

Tier 2 measures, under the “rule of three” tiered system brought in to simplify local lockdowns in coronavirus hotspots, which include not meeting socially with friends and family within indoor venues, are currently affecting trade at a further 12,469 English pubs with 470 pubs affected in Leeds, 444 in Durham, 402 in Sheffield, 387 in Birmingham and 380 in Westminster according to the Altus Group analysis. 

Robert Hayton, Head of Property Tax at Altus Group, said “Whilst pubs in England are currently receiving a £728.42 million business rates holiday, £514.88 million of grant support received during the national lockdown between March and July has now largely been spent.”

Hayton added “pubs need a discerning targeted support package, not just accessible for those mandated to close, as well as given assurances that the package will be in place for the foreseeable future.” 

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