Grant Convey sums up the existential threat facing the UK pub industry in eight words: “We can’t survive with the two-metre rule”. And many of his colleagues agree.

Few institutions are as recognisably British as the local pub. And few sectors have suffered more from the lockdown measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The British Beer and Pubs Association revealed that the first quarter of 2020 saw the lowest beer sales in 20 years, while pubs recorded a 16% drop in sales. With all UK pubs having been shuttered since mid-March because of the lockdown, those numbers are expected to have fallen off an even steeper cliff between April and June.

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