STAFF from a popular Malvern pub say they are waiting to see what will happen before making concrete plans for the resumption of business after coronavirus.

The Nags Head in Malvern has been closed throughout the lockdown, which has seen many landlords fear for the future of their business.

Manager Alex Whistance said: “It is all quiet at the minute, obviously we are shut and all staff are furloughed at the moment.

"We are not doing anything at the moment, we are waiting to see how it all unfolds and will go from there and try and get a plan together.

"We are discussing ideas at the moment and will come up with more ideas, but things change quickly. There are a few good ideas going but it would be really nice to just go back to how it was before the coronavirus.

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"It is going to be a difficult rest of the year with a the social distancing regulations and not really knowing yet what they will be.

"We're not going anywhere though, and we want to get people back into the pub as soon as it is safe.

"Whatever the changes and plans, we will be back. We are having discussions day in day out but we just don't know what that will look like yet."

CAMRA's national chairman last week called for the government to take urgent action to support pubs which may be affected by coronavirus.

This comes after the government announced pubs and restaurants won't be allowed to open again until July at the earliest.

Nik Antona said: "The Campaign for Real Ale continues to urge the government to enhance and extend the support package for the hospitality industry to ensure jobs are protected, and businesses are in the best position to reopen when allowed.

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"The government must recognise that even when allowed to reopen, hospitality businesses will be operating at hugely reduced trade.

"The support package needs to be extended beyond reopening and transition funding should be made available to help pubs, bars and producers start up again.

"There needs to be an immediate relaxation of licensing laws to allow all businesses to seek revenue from off-sales for delivery and/or safe collection by customers."

In March, the government pledged money for pubs under the business interruption loan schemes.

Support ranges from £1.2 million up to £5 million, with no interest due for first six months.