Maria Caulfield MP visits The Bull in Ditchling as pubs reopen

Ditchling MP Maria Caulfield has paid a visit to The Bull in Ditchling to discuss government support for businesses and reopening post-lockdown.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were given the green light to reopen on Saturday 4th July with Covid-secure measures in place to protect staff and customers, and Maria Caulfield joined local residents of Ditchling in the popular local pub to see for herself how they were managing the reopening.

Government has been able to provide support for businesses, including pubs, throughout the pandemic including business interruption loans, grants, VAT deferrals, relaxation of rules around destruction of unsellable beers, and access to the jobs retention scheme paying 80% of staff wages. Maria Caulfield has worked hard throughout the crisis to ensure that local businesses have access to these schemes and has worked closely with those who have contacted her with issues to ensure they are supported.

The Bull have introduced new safety measures including 10 hand sanitiser points, removal of bar stools, toilet cleaning every 30 minutes, disposable or downloadable menus, Perspex screens, and a reduced capacity.

Maria Caulfield MP said “The Bull is a great pub that is popular with locals and visitors alike so I am pleased to be able to see them open again, and with many people keen to show them their support. The Bull have introduced so many Covid-secure features that will help keep staff and customers safe.”

“I understand that some people may still be cautious about going to places like pubs and restaurants but they really have all worked hard to put in lots of extra measures to keep people safe while still offering the same excellent experience. Many of these businesses will be struggling after months with little or no income, so if you can please do support them.”