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Boris Johnson Hints Price Of Pints Could Be Slashed When Pubs Reopen

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Boris Johnson Hints Price Of Pints Could Be Slashed When Pubs Reopen

Boris Johnson has hinted that next week's budget could see a reduction in tax on alcohol sold in pubs.

The UK's Prime Minister has recently been urged by MPs to think about giving pubs a boost by slicing their tax and adding it on to supermarket drinks instead.

This way to the pub. Credit: PA
This way to the pub. Credit: PA

The changes, which would be made by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, would come to support the hospitality sector which has taken a blow during the coronavirus pandemic as places have had to close or offer delivery orders only.

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Instead, people have been flocking to supermarkets to get their hands on booze.

At this week's PMQs, Johnson said it was 'an extremely good point which I'm sure will be heard with great interest around the country'.

He went on to add: "There is such a review, being carried out, after consulting owners and brewers and I know that the Chancellor is looking very closely at the findings."

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This comes after the government laid out the roadmap for getting the UK out of lockdown on Monday (22 February).

In the plans, it was stated that rules would be eased in stages but, most importantly, beer gardens could be open by 12 April.

OK, it's worth pointing out that 12 April is the day that the review will take place, so it's unlikely that we'll be allowed straight back, but it's nice to set a target, right?

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In the Prime Minister's roadmap, he set out four stages for reopening and restarting the country after this third - and probably worst - lockdown that we've all been in for so damn long.

Step one begins on 8 March when the schools will return.

Then from 29 March, groups of up to six people - or two households - will be able to meet up outdoors to socialise, putting meet-ups in gardens and parks back on the menu.

Next, after a minimum of five weeks, pubs and restaurants could be allowed to serve food and drink outdoors from that 12 April date.

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As well as that, personal care businesses like hairdressers and beauty parlours may reopen after that date, and non-essential retail will throw open the doors once again.

Phase three, which again will take place after a minimum of five weeks of phase two, will see people be allowed to mix once again indoors.

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That means that you would actually be allowed inside the pub or restaurant. Entertainment venues would also be able to open up again, and trial events will be looked into.

Then, the all-important fourth stage will hopefully see all legal limits on social contact removed, and restrictions left up to everyone's personal choice.

That means that you can still play it safe if you want, but also you might have the chance to go to a nightclub or a sporting event, if that's your thing.

Hopefully we'll have seen the cases, hospitalisations and deaths drop off markedly by then, because - let's not forget - that's the most important thing of all.

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Topics: UK News, News, Coronavirus, covid-19 positive, UK, Politics

Rebecca Shepherd
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