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Kent pubs facing beer shortages as supply chain issues continue

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Original article from Kent Live

Pubs in Kent are starting to report problems with beer supplies amid a national shortage of lorry drivers.

The so-called "pingdemic" – where people are warned to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace app – has caused issued across several supply chains.

Waste collection services have been cancelled in parts of the county, while restaurants like Nando's have had to close their doors.

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Pub landlords up and down the country are now starting to report problems too.

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In a further blow, there are reports of industrial action from drivers over pay, with draymen linked to the Unite union recently voting in favour of it.

In Kent, the Rising Sun Inn in Rochester has warned customers about the issues.

A statement on their Facebook page posted on Tuesday (August 17) says: "I just want to make all customers aware that the next few weeks the pub industry has been hit with many issues behind the scenes.

"We are currently having beer shortages on many of the items I sell.

"We have a barrel shortage, as well as the pingdemic affecting services throughout.

"And now our delivery service are in an industrial dispute and about to strike, which means many deliveries are affected and may not arrive on my normal date, if at all.

"So please be patient and understand this is out of my control and I will do my best to insure I have a fully stocked cellar when possible.

"Thank you for your patience in advance."

The hospitality has already endured a difficult period through the pandemic, forced to close and re-open several times across two lockdowns and a Tier system.

Today it was confirmed "pings" from the Test & Trace App had reduced after changes to its sensitivity.

A total of 261,453 alerts were sent in the week to August 11, down 18% on the previous week.

At its peak in July, the number of self-isolation alerts sent in England and Wales in one week was just under 700,000.

On Monday, in England and Northern Ireland rules were changed so that fully vaccinated adults and under-18s no longer had to self isolate if they were identified as a close contact of someone with Covid (as long as they had no symptoms).

Instead of having to quarantine for 10 days, they are now advised to take a PCR test – but this is not compulsory.

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