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Major UK breweries admit they have "an important role to play" in controlling the spread of coronavirus, after a Sky News investigation revealed nine out of 10 pubs in Greater Manchester were flouting lockdown rules.
These breweries that operate venues across Greater Manchester, are reported to have said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has given us all a new set of responsibilities.
"It is vital that the trade and all industry stakeholders continue to follow the government guidance on measures to restrict the spread and keep venues safe."
After seeing our footage, Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said it was time for the hospitality industry to "get its house in order" but acknowledging also that "the majority are being let down by the minority who are not taking the regulations seriously. I am happy to support the sector but we do need the whole industry to step up."
The breweries behind the joint statement are Admiral Taverns, Greene King, Hydes, Joseph Holt Brewery, JW Lees, Marston's PLC, Punch Pubs & Co., Robinsons Brewery, Star Pubs & Bars and Stonegate Pub Company.
Source: Sky News