American Craft Beer is working 24/7 to keep you up-to-date on the fast-changing situation around the world brought on by COVID-19 pandemic.
And here’s just some of what’s been going down…
Scottish Police Granted Emergency Powers to Shut Down Defiant Pubs
On March 27 UK PM Boris Johnson, called for bars, pubs and restaurants across the country to close to help halt the spread of Covid-19.
But according to Malcolm Graham, Deputy Chief Constable for Police Scotland, some operators have indicated that they won’t be doing that…To counter these potential acts of defiance, Police Scotland was authorized on Monday to use emergency powers if necessary to force non-compliant pubs to close.
Unprecedented Demand Crashes UK Drinks Website
UK wine retailer Majestic who offer its customers, online shopping and 7-days a week delivery service saw its website crash on Saturday afternoon after the retailer announced it was temporarily shutting its shops in order to give its staff time to restock.
On March 22 Majestic Wine took to Instagram to reassure customers that it had “plenty of wine, people and vans for the coming weeks” and that its 200 warehouses across Britain would be open soon…
“We are working incredibly hard to make sure that, despite a deeply challenging environment, we are ready to face whatever the coming weeks throw at us.”
But as of Monday afternoon Majestic’s website was still down….
Hong Kong Bans On-Premise Alcohol Sales amid Second COVID-19 Outbreak
After weeks of calm, Hong Kong is now facing a second outbreak of Covid-19 with the number of cases spiking from 167 to 356 in just five days.
With the number of new cases being linked to Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong neighborhood, a famous nightlife hub with hundreds of bars, clubs and restaurants which draws tourists from around the world, government officials banned the sales of alcohol as those establishment to stop the “close contact between people.”
American Craft Beer has to ask an obvious question…What good is banning booze at a bar when the goverment can just order them to shut down until the crisis passes? And even if they’re not serving alcohol, don’t restaurants that are still allowed to serve food, still draw visitors who might potentially spread the virus?
The current measure is aimed at Hong Kong’s 8,600 restaurants. According to the Drinks Business “the retail sector is not expected to be affected.”
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