COVID-19 Archive

This page contains updates from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) page which are generally older than one month and may be no longer relevant.

To see the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 please visit 

Previous 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


25 September: SIBA’s Friday email – link
24 September: New hospitality rules – link
24 September: SIBA response to Chancellor’s Winter Economic Statement – link
22 September: SIBA responds to new measures announced – link
18 September: SIBA’s Friday email – link
9 September: SIBA responds to PM’s statement – link


7 August: Friday’s email – link


31 July: Friday’s email – link
24 July: Friday’s email – link
17 July: Friday’s email – link
14 July: SIBA letter to the Chancellor – link
13 July: Monday’s email – link
10 July: Friday’s email – link
9 July: Write to your MP on the exclusion of wet pubs from the VAT cut – link
8 July: SIBA’s statement on the Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update – link
6 July: Monday’s email – link
3 July: Friday’s email – link


29 June: Monday’s email – link
26 June: Friday’s email – link
24 June: Our latest email – link
24 June: Government guidance for reopening of pubs – link
24 June – SIBA risk assessment
23 June: SIBA’s statement on reopening of pubs – link
22 June: Monday’s email – link
19 June: Friday’s email – link
17 June: Wednesday’s email – link
15 June: Monday’s email – link
15 June: SIBA is supporting Free the Pint
12 June: Friday’s email – link
10 June: Wednesday’s email – link
9 June: Letter from MPs to Chancellor – link
8 June: Monday’s email – link
5 June: Friday’s email – link
3 June: Wednesday’s email – link
1 June: Monday’s email – link


29 May: Friday’s email – link
27 May: Wednesday email – link
22 May: Friday’s email – link
20 May: Our Wednesday email – link
18 May: Our Monday email – link
15 May: SIBA’s daily email – link
14 May: Had insurance cover refused? complete our survey
14 May: SIBA’s daily email – link
13 May: the daily email – link
12 May: SIBA’s email – link
11 May: Our latest email – link
10 May: SIBA responds to the Prime Minister’s statement on the roadmap out of lockdown
7 May: SIBA’s lastest update – link
5 May:The top 10 things brewers should do – link
4 May: SIBA’s latest email – link
4 May: Government announced new top up to business grants at the weekend – more
1 May: SIBA’s latest email – link


30 April: Our daily email – link
29 April: The SIBA email – link
28 April: SIBA Email – link
27 April: Our daily email – link
24 April: SIBA’s latest email – link
24 April: SIBA writes to PM Boris Johnson asking for more support for independent brewers – link
23 April: SIBA email – link
22 April: SIBA email – link
21 April: SIBA Advice on making a claim via the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – link
21 April – SIBA email – link
20 April: SIBA email – link
17 April: SIBA’s daily email – link
17 April: COVID-19 Brewing Industry Survey Results + Infographic – link
17 April: SIBA Press Release: “82% drop in beer sales as Covid-19 lockdown hits craft breweries hardest” – link
16 April: latest email from SIBA – link
15 April: Today’s email from SIBA – link
14 April: SIBA’s daily advice email – link
14 April: HMRC issue “Getting ready for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme” advice via email – link
14 April: Template letter for brewery employees – proof of key worker status – link
9 April: SIBA’s latest advice email – link
9 April: BBPA has published best practice for the destruction of beer in pub cellars – link
9 April: SIBA has co-signed a letter to the Treasury asking for a deferment of excise duty payments – link
8 April: Home Office letter to councils urging flexibility to licensing fees – link
8 April: SIBA’s advice email – link
7 April: SIBA’s latest email – link
6 April: Read SIBA’s email update – link
6 April: Telegraph article on breweries’ concerns – link
1 April: SIBA’s latest advice email – link
1 April: Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – GOV guidance for businesses


31 March: Flexibility on Destruction of Beer in Pub Cellars – an update from HMRC
30 March: SIBA’s latest advice email – link
27 March: SIBA’s latest advice email – link
27 March: Guidance for employers on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme is now available here
26 March: SIBA’s response to Chancellor announcement & support email – link
25 March: SIBA’s advice email – link
25 March: The Government clarified its guidance on the closure of retailers, and after pressure from SIBA and other industry bodies has confirmed that ‘off-licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries” are exceptions to the closures.
This means that if you have a bottle shop or taproom selling beer for takeaway you can remain open. Online shops and delivery can also remain open and breweries should ensure they follow the Government’s safety guidelines.
24 March: Chancellor confirms that March Beer Duty payment will not be cancelled. See our response here.
24 March: SIBA’s latest advice email, please click here.
23/24 March: Prime Minister introduces new restrictions on the UK. All ‘non essential’ shops to shut.
23 March: SIBA calls on Treasury to cancel beer duty payment in ’24 hours to save British brewing’ press release.
23 March: Government Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme goes live. For details, please click here. 
22 March: Government guidance on further social distancing measures for businesses.
22 March: Government sets out enforcement powers for business that do not comply with social distancing measures, including unlimited fines. Businesses could also face the loss of their alcohol license.
20 March: Government publishes guidance for businesses on social distancing measures. “Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit. Any forthcoming changes to licensing for delivery and takeaway will be clearly communicated by the government.”
20 March: Cask Marque Guide to bar and cellar closures process (2MB). Covering cask and keg beer, this is an excellent guide created by the expert Cask Marque assessor team and Avanti Solutions. If you are closing down your taproom, pub or bar then this guide tells you how to do it safely and hygienically so that when you do need to use it again it will still be in perfect condition.
20 March: The British Business Bank has released initial information about how the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, announced by the Chancellor earlier in the week will work. For full details please click here.
19 March: SIBA, CAMRA & Crowdfunder Launched the #PullingTogether campaign to help beer lovers buy beer from breweries, taprooms & pubs Ain their local area who are offering local delivery or takeout services. For more information visit
19 March: Latest advice to brewers – link
18 March: Template letter to write to your MP launched – link
17 March: SIBA comment on Government’s economic statement raises more questions than it answers –
16 March: SIBA response to Government guidance on Coronavirus –