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

As this is a rapidly evolving situation all questions and feedback should be sent to political@siba.co.uk and we will do our best to respond. This page is correct as of 9am, 18 January 2021.

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

15 January – SIBA update – link
8 January – SIBA update – link
5 January – SIBA responds to the new lockdown – link
18 December: SIBA’s latest email – link
11 December: SIBA Friday email – link
4 December: SIBA Friday email – link

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.


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Critical worker

The Government has clarified those eligible for critical worker status and can therefore access in-person eduction for children. The letter from the Secretary of State confirms that those in the food sector, including those in the production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery of food, drinks and beverages.

January 2021 lockdown

2021 lockdown England Wales Mainland Scotland NI
Pubs and taprooms Closed. Food and non-alcoholic drinks allowed for takeaway, click and collect and drive through until 11pm

Alcohol can only be delivered

Closed except for takeaway and delivery between 6am-10pm. Closed. Takeaway can operate as normal for off the premises consumption Closed except for takeaway, drive through or delivery. Takeaway services must close at 11pm and off sales must stop at 8pm.
Brewery shops Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries, must stop after 8pm.
Bottle shops Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries Can remain open for takeaway, click and collect, drive through and deliveries, must stop after 8pm.

England lockdown
From 6 January 2021 onwards

  • Pubs and bars must close. They can provide food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway until 11pm, click and collect and drive-through but not alcohol. Food and all drinks (including beer) can be provided by delivery.
  • Off licences and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries) can remain open.

Government guidance – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/949536/NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf

Winter 2020 restrictions

SIBA guidance here.

England Tier System
From 2 December 2020 – 5 January 2021

Government Guidance – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

Tier 4 guidance – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

Pubs & Taprooms Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3 Tier 4
Opening restrictions Open, but table service only. Must be closed 11pm-5am. Last orders at 10pm, customers must leave premises by 11pm. Closed, unless operating as a restaurant. Alcohol must be served with a substantial meal.You can enter a contracting arrangement to serve food but customers are not allowed to bring their own food onto the premises. Table service only. Must be closed 11pm-5am. Last orders at 10pm, customers must leave premises by 11pm. Closed – takeaway only. Closed – takeaway only.
Numbers indoors Rule of 6 applies. Can only sit inside with members of your household or support bubble. Pubs closed – no customers indoors. Pubs closed – no customers indoors.
Numbers outdoors Rule of 6 applies. Rule of 6 applies. You cannot allow customers to sit outdoors within your premises to consume ‘takeaway’ beers. Rule of 6 only in some outdoor public spaces such as parks. You cannot allow customers to sit outdoors within your premises to consume ‘takeaway’ beers. You can only meet one other person outside your household in a public space.
Takeaway before 11pm Takeaway allowed. Customers can collect from inside the premises. No pre order, click and collect or drive through required. Pubs can deliver to customers’ homes. Takeaway allowed. Customers can collect from inside the premises. No-pre order, click and collect or drive through required. Pubs can deliver to customers’ homes. Takeaway allowed. Customers can collect from inside the premises. No-pre order, click and collect or drive through required. Pubs can deliver to customers’ homes. Takeaway allowed. Customers can collect from inside the premises. No-pre order, click and collect or drive through required. Pubs can deliver to customers’ homes.
Takeaway after 11pm After 11pm you can only provide delivery service, click and collect or drive through for takeaway. Pre-orders must be taken. After 11pm you can only provide delivery service, click and collect or drive through for takeaway. Pre-orders must be taken. After 11pm you can only provide delivery service, click and collect or drive through for takeaway. Pre-orders must be taken. After 11pm you can only provide delivery service, click and collect or drive through for takeaway. Pre-orders must be taken.

 Northern Ireland circuit breaker

26 December for six weeks:

  • Pubs must remain closed with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway, drive-through or delivery.
  • Takeaway services must close at 11pm and off-sales must stop at 8pm.

Scotland temporary lockdown
From 5 January 2021

  • Pubs are closed but takeaways can still operate as normal.

Scotland 5 tiers
2 November 2020 – 4 January 2021

Guidance – https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-4/

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

Pubs/ taprooms Level 0 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Opening restrictions Open, table service is compulsory Open, table service only, last entry 9.30pm and close at 10.30pm Indoors: Open, table service only, alcoholic drinks only with a main meal. Last entry 7pm, close by 8pm. Outdoors: for consumption of food and drinks, last entry 9.30pm, closed 10.30pm. A meal is not required for alcoholic drinks. Open for food and non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol cannot be served. Last entry 5pm, closed 6pm. Closed – takeaway only
Numbers indoors 8 people, 3 households (children under 12 do not count) 6 people, 2 households (children under 12 do not count)   6 people, 2 households (children under 12 do not count)   6 people, 2 households (children under 12 do not count)   Pubs closed – no customers indoors.
Numbers outdoors 15 people, 5 separate households (children under 12 do not count) 8 people, 3 households children under 12 do not count) 6 people, 2 households (children under 12 do not count)   6 people, 2 households (children under 12 do not count)   Pubs closed – no customers outdoors.
Takeaway Takeaway can operate as normal for off the premises consumption Takeaway can operate as normal for off the premises consumption Takeaway can operate as normal for off the premises consumption Takeaway can operate as normal for off the premises consumption Takeaway can operate as normal for off the premises consumption

Wales lockdown
Starts: 19 December

  • In Level 4
  • Hospitality closed except for takeaway and delivery

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:
https://www.saferbusiness.org.uk/covid-19-portal

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 – https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

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.

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