Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest advice & guidance for brewers

As this is a rapidly evolving situation all questions and feedback should be sent to and we will do our best to respond. This page is correct as of 5.20pm, 30 November 2020.

What SIBA are calling for

We are calling on the Government to Be Here for Independent Beer. Our independent breweries need your support to survive so we can retain local independent beer and keep our communities together. #Here4IndieBeer

  1. Extend the package of support provided to the hospitality sector to breweries including the Business Rates holiday and grants
  2. Extend the VAT cut of 5% to independent brewery beer
  3. Provide breweries with extra time to pay beer duty by extending the payment terms to 60 days instead of 30 days
  4. Provide compensation for beer spoilt during the Covid crisis.

SIBA Actions & Updates

27 November: Our Friday update – link
23 November: SIBA responds to latest tiers announcement – link
20 November: SIBA’s weekly roundup – link
13 November: SIBA’s latest email – link
6 November: SIBA’s roundup email – link
5 November: SIBA comment on furlough extension – link
3 November: SIBA update on latest restrictions – link
2 November: SIBA comment on new restrictions – link
30 October: SIBA’s Friday email – link
23 October: SIBA’s weekly email – link
22 October: SIBA press statement – link
16 October: Our weekly email – link
9 October: SIBA’s weekly email

Please note: This page has been edited to only show the most recent updates. To view all updates regarding COVID-19 please visit the SIBA COVID-19 archive page.

Sign up for updates

Not a member of SIBA but want to receive email updates from us regarding the Covid-19 pandemic and the options, advice and support open to brewers? Sign up to our regular Covid-19 Industry Alerts by clicking here

Winter 2020 restrictions

England lockdown
5 November – 2 December 2020

FAQs: Selling beer during lockdown (correct as of 13.22pm, 5th November 2020)
Click here to view FAQs: Selling Beer During Lockdown

Financial support: see the finance page for details of furlough, local restriction grants and additional restrictions grants – here

England Tier System
2 December – 23 December 2020

Guidance –

All of the below and more is contained in our new ‘Full Covid restrictions guidance table for Pubs & Taprooms’ pdf.

England Christmas restrictions 23-27 December 2020

  • No more than three households can form a ‘Christmas Bubble’
  • You are only allowed one bubble and this cannot change
  • The ‘Christmas Bubble’ can meet in private homes, gardens and public outdoor spaces.
  • It cannot meet in any indoor setting such as a pub but you can continue to meet people who are not in the bubble outside your home according to the tiers.

Northern Ireland circuit breaker
27 November – 11 December 2020

  • Pubs must remain closed with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway, drive through or delivery.
  • Businesses providing takeaway services must close at 11pm and off-sales must stop at 8pm.
  • Households cannot mix indoors but up to six people from no more than two households can meet outdoors

Scotland 5 tiers
Begins: 2 November 2020

Guidance –

Level 0 – indoor meetings allowed (8 people, 3 households), outdoor meetings allowed (15 people, 5 households)
Level 1 – 6 people, 2 households meet indoors and outdoors
Level 2 – no indoor, 6 people, 2 households outdoors, pubs permitted to sell alcohol with main meal
Level 3 – alcohol sales not permitted indoors or outdoors, restaurants under strict conditions
Level 4 – non-essential shops closed

Level finder – here

Scotland Christmas restrictions
23-27 December 2020

  • Can form a ‘Christmas Bubble’ of up to three households, one of them can be an extended household.
  • Scotland recommends keep a maximum of eight people and Children under 12 do not count.
  • You should not change the members when the ‘Christmas Bubble’ is formed and can only meet in a private home or outdoors.
  • In pubs, those who have formed Christmas bubbles should remain within their own household

Wales firebreak
Ends: 9 November 2020

Guidance – here

Financial support – here

Guidance for pubs and hospitality sector

See all the guidance and rules for pubs and the hospitality sector including risk assessments and checklists.

Tools for Breweries

Please see our Tools for Breweries page to access template letter for brewery staff and a risk assessment template.

Financial Support

The Government has announced a series of measures to assist small businesses. For the latest please see our Financial Support page.

Flexibility on Destruction of Beer in Pub Cellars

For the latest guidance on the destruction of beer during the Covid-19 crisis, see our separate page.

Crime Prevention Advice

If you’re brewery is closing during the COVID-19 outbreak, there is some good advice on safety and crime prevention for empty commercial property:

Safer Business Network: Advice to closed businesses Click here to read

Met Police: Crime Prevention advice for empty commercial premises
Click here to read

Plus further useful safety resources can be found here:

Exporting Guidance

The Government has published advice for businesses trading internationally which can be found here. The Department for International Trade can provide assistance with customs authorities and supply chain issues.

Mental health

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak. NHS advice –

NHS Advice on Coronavirus

Please click here to read the latest NHS advice on limiting the spread of Coronavirus, what symptoms those who have contracted the virus may exhibit and what to do if you believe you may be at risk of having caught the virus, or are showing similar symptoms.