More than a third of UK pubs are open for less time to save on energy costs. Some pubs are closed for a few hours, while other pubs are even closed for a few days. This was reported by the British statistical office on Monday.
As in the Netherlands, many companies in the United Kingdom also have to deal with a high energy bill. 6 percent of the pubs have therefore been closed extra two days a week in recent times. Another 7 percent are closed an extra day a week, while 21 percent have decided to stay closed for several hours longer.
In total, 34 percent of the pubs have decided to stay open for less time. They also do this because they find that many of their customers need to pay attention to expenses. Inflation plays an important role in this. Furthermore, the pubs suffer from a large shortage of staff.
The pub owners expect to keep their pubs closed less often this month. This is partly because the holidays are coming. That is often a time for an extra pub visit in the UK.
The football World Cup starts later this month, for which England and Wales have qualified. The sport is very popular in the country.