Absolutely ridiculous: Redmarshall pub boss verdict on impossible Tier 3 situation – Teesside Live

A Teesside pub boss has slammed covid restrictions keeping boozers closed and begged for “some sort of normality”.

Sally Marshall runs The Ship in Redmarshall, near Stockton, and says the current Tier 3 situation is “impossible” for pubs to sustain.

Under Government rules hospitality venues like pubs and restaurants in areas under the toughest restrictions, such as Teesside and the rest of the North East, cannot open.

Ms Marshall said: “The current situation we are in is absolutely ridiculous and I urge the Government to open us. We are very safe, we’ve invested heavily in this pub and our workforce just want to get back to work.

“So we are either faced with a situation where we can open and start thriving again or we need substantial financial support to get us through this.”

She added: “Our outgoings are huge and the grant money that is coming in no way remotely covers it.

“So I don’t know how long they feel that businesses are going to be able to sustain this situation, it’s impossible.

“I just think that for the risks of us opening, which are minuscule now, according to all the data, that I would just urge people to open us back up again so we can start trading and let’s get this world back to some sort of normality.”

The Ship, Redmarshall
(Image: Evening Gazette)

Thousands of pubs are currently at risk across the UK as a result of the covid-19 restrictions that see bars either shut down or only able to trade under severe restrictions.

Pubs have felt it particularly hard of late, with December one of the most important months of the year, attracting swells of festive drinkers in ordinary times.

Many establishment in Tier 2 which could open, but only if they serve food with alcohol, have decided it simply isn’t financially viable at the moment.

Ms Marshall leases The Ship from Greene King.

Wayne Shurvinton, Greene King Pub Partners managing director, said: “All of our 875 tenanted pubs in England are in tiers two or three and the majority are still closed.

“Even for those that are allowed to open it just isn’t financially viable for many, with households banned from mixing in their pubs and alcohol not allowed except with a substantial meal.

“This is doubly disappointing as December is the most important month of the year for pubs and is crucial to supporting them throughout the year.

“Sally runs an amazing pub but under tier three regulations her pub is still shut down.

“This comes despite pubs investing millions of pounds to make sure they brought in all the safety measures requested by the government earlier in the year.

“We are discounting rents by 90% for our tied partners in tiers two and three but if thousands of pubs are forced to remain closed across the country even this may not be enough without further government support or a review of the restrictions.”