Star Pubs & Bars is to extend rent concessions for its leased and tenanted pubs throughout November.

At a cost of £2.8m, the extension will see its pubs receive the same reduction as they did in October – either 30%, 35% or 50% depending on their individual circumstances.

The move brings Star’s total investment in rent since the end of March to £27.8m, with further concessions to be reviewed going forward on a month by month basis.

So far, the group has cancelled rents altogether for its pubs in Aberdeen, Bolton and Leicester whilst they have been forced to close because of local lockdowns, and it is set to cancel rents for the over 100 pubs due to close in Scotland’s central belt lockdown today.

The group has said it will continue to review and apply cancellations if and when further lockdowns are announced.

“We’re committed to helping our licensees through these uncertain times and reducing rent is central to the support we’re providing,” said MD Lawson Mountstevens.

“The introduction of the 10pm curfew and additional restrictions in many areas are impacting consumer confidence and are a major blow to licensees who have worked so hard to get their pubs safely back up and running.

“Alongside the whole industry, we’re urging the Government to put further financial assistance in place to offset these measures and to clarify their plans as a matter of urgency in order to bring some much-needed certainty to the hospitality sector and prevent further business closures.”

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