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Brewdog is starting to take bookings again for pubs reopening after lockdown

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BrewDog on Division Street in Sheffield has invited customers to reserve a table from May 2 onwards. It comes after Boris Johnson confirmed he would set out the three-stage roadmap to take England out of national lockdown on February 22. BrewDog is best known for its wide variety of craft beer, cider and pizza.

On Twitter BrewDog Sheffield wrote: “Rumour has it that we may be able to open by May so we’re taking reservations just in case.”  

Whereas on Facebook they said: “We’re stoked to announce that we’re now taking reservations from 2nd May onwards.

“All of our covid-safety precautions will be in place, ensuring your visit is safe and enjoyable.

“Check out more info at brewdog.com/bookings.

“Can’t wait to see you Punks.”

Meanwhile restaurateurs call for another Eat Out to Help Out after the lockdown.  

Deliveroo’s founder Will Shu has sent Boris Johnson an open letter calling for another discount scheme.  

A total of 330 restaurant partners, including the CEOs at Pizza Hut and Rosa’s Thai Café have signed the letter.

More than 100 million meals were claimed last August when restaurant offerings were half price during Eat Out to Help Out.  There was a maximum discount of £10 per person per meal, but no limit on often you could dine out.

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The Prime Minister will reveal his roadmap out of the current restrictions on February 22. There are suggestions that pubs and restaurants could open for Easter. 

However, the easing of Covid restrictions will depend on lots of data such as the infection rate, death rate and the number of vaccines administered.  

The government has confirmed that it has so far met its coronavirus vaccine target of immunising 15 million of the most vulnerable priority groups across the UK.

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak will unveil his spring budget on March 3. Bosses of Burger King, Pizza Express and Fuller’s are among more than 160 hospitality chiefs who have called on the Chancellor to extend the VAT cut by another year.

Deliveroo’s founder Will Shu has also called for an extension of VAT and business rates relief. 

He told the Manchester Evening News: “Restaurants are at the heart of our high streets and local communities and we want to play our part to help them reopen their doors when the economy opens up again.

“That is why we are calling on the government to implement this package of measures, which will be an important lifeline for small independents and high street family favourites.”

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality told the Manchester Evening News: “We are hopeful that, in the coming weeks and months, we can begin to welcome customers back and we know that people will be eager to socialise with their friends and families safely in our venues.”

Additional reporting Daisy Jackson.

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