It’s been two weeks since pubs across the UK were closed in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Even with government initiatives to support businesses at this time, some establishments are concerned about the economic impact this downtime will have on their business.
As a result, local pubs are having to be pro-active in responding to the crisis, adapting their services in order to generate income while the lockdown is in place.
The Moorbrook, a pub on North Road in Preston, has taken it’s food and drink options online – delivering both to customers in Preston.
Rich, landlord at the Moorbrook, told us:
“This has been a challenging time for all pubs. It has been an interesting exercise taking our product mobile and online. It is still very early days but the delivery system we have set up has been getting a good response so far.”
The pub is one of many that is adapting their business model to lockdown life, with many trying to sell remaining stock to customers online.
However, worries remain over the financial stability of food and drink establishments in the area – with pub landlords like Rich having to stay positive.
“I’m not sure that financially it is going to pay off in the long run… Only time will tell as to what will happen with the business in the future but hopefully with a little bit of business ticking over and the support offered by the government we will come out the other end.”