In the Herald today:
The hospitality industry has lambasted a new first-of-its kind study which casts doubt on whether bar owners can effectively prevent Covid-19 transmission after observing “risks” over conduct in Scots licensed premises last summer. The critical research carried out by the University of Stirling in May to August last year came after a team scrutinised what was going on in 29 bars across Scotland.
The British Beer & Pub Association accused the researchers of ‘seeking only one outcome.’
Here’s what the University of Stirling researchers found:
A new first-of-its-kind study has questioned whether pub operators can effectively and consistently prevent COVID-19 transmission – after researchers observed risks arising in licensed premises last summer.
Led by the University of Stirling, the research was conducted in May to August last year in a wide range of licensed premises which re-opened after a nationwide lockdown, and were operating under detailed guidance from government intended to reduce transmission risks.
While observed venues had made physical and operational modifications on re-opening, researchers found that practices were variable and a number of incidents of greater concern were observed – these included close physical interaction between customers and with staff, which frequently involved alcohol intoxication and were rarely effectively stopped by staff.
The new study – published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs – is the first in the world to examine the operation of COVID-19 measures in licensed premises and its findings will inform governments, public health experts, and policymakers in the UK and other countries as they consider the impact of the pandemic on hospitality and the risks of lifting restrictions.
I know, I’m biased, I’m very fond of beer, so I’ve asked Julie Robertson, 4th Year Politics student who got an A for research methods only last year, at Glasgow University. She said:
‘Aye right, the British Beer & Pub Association or a team of trained, experienced researchers, who you gonna trust?’
And, why does the Herald headline start from the perspective of the boozers and not the researchers?