Pub landlords demand Rishi Sunak bails them with 2m fewer pints being served a day

RISHI Sunak is facing demands to bail out pubs — as they warn they are already serving two million fewer pints a day.

The Chancellor is under pressure from Tory MPs worried the Omicron wave will hammer boozers.

Landlords say takings are down by 25 per cent in cities and by ten per cent in the countryside compared with typical Christmases as customers call off parties.

Conservative MP Anne Marie Morris fumed in the Treasury’s WhatsApp group: “Whether you do or do not further restrict the hospitality sector they are going to take a hit.

“These restrictions instil fear and people will cancel outings and parties.

“What support will be available? This is their busiest time of the year, the takings from which keep them solvent. That will crash!”

Another MP, Andrew Selous, added: “Many will not get through January and February without their usual Christmas takings.”

The Sun revealed yesterday that No10 could shut pubs by Christmas under Doomsday plans.

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Pub bosses warned that even less draconian restrictions such as vaccine passports or table service-only would leave 10,000 boozers at risk.

British Beer & Pub Association CEO Emma McClarkin said: “The advice to work from home has already destroyed Christmas for pubs. Further restrictions would be disastrous.

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“Pubs need all the trade they can get this Christmas to make it through the quiet winter months ahead.

"Without it, they will need a full financial package from the Government.”

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