Wetherspoons is selling pints for 99p ahead of the national lockdown

JD Wetherspoon is slashing the prices of pints in the days leading up to the second national lockdown, which will come into force on Thursday 5 November.

From Thursday, hospitality restaurants, including pubs, will be forced to close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, alcohol will not be available to takeaway, as it was in the previous national lockdown.

99p pints

In response to the lockdown announcement, Wetherspoons has cut the cost of its pints ahead of the new restrictions taking effect, meaning pub-goers will be able to get a real ale pint for a mere 99p.

The pub chain is aiming to clear out its stock before closing for four weeks, with the promotion running until 10pm on Wednesday night (4 Nov).

New posters in pubs across the country read, “Ahead of the four-week lockdown, rather than waste real alse, it has been reduced to 99p per pint.”

Speaking to The Sun, Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon said. “All of our pubs in England will be serving their real ales at 99p a pint until the pubs close on Wednesday night.

“The reality is that any real ales not sold between now and lockdown will have to be thrown away, so it is better that customers can enjoy it at a great price while the pubs remain open."

Unlike lager, which can remain fresh in the keg for more than six months, real ale can go off within a few weeks. During the first national lockdown which was imposed in March, an estimated 70 million pints were poured away.

The cheap pints will be available until 10pm on Wednesday (4 November) (Photo: Getty Images)

Which businesses will close?

As part of efforts to reduce Covid transmission, the UK government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close for a period of four weeks. These include:

all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shopsindoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parksentertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardenspersonal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed

Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions.