What do pubs need to know for reopening in December?

By Nikkie Thatcher

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New rules: the Government is also set to announce the areas in each of the tiers later this week
New rules: the Government is also set to announce the areas in each of the tiers later this week

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Pubs can reopen after the second national lockdown restrictions are eased next month (December) but will have to adhere to rules upon opening the doors once again
  • The curfew has been extended from 10pm until 11pm but pubs should call last orders at 10pm, giving customers an hour to finish up and leave the premises
  • Lockdown restrictions are lifted at 12.01am on Wednesday 2 December
  • Pubs can reopen from this time but will be dependent on which tier they are in
  • The Government is announcing which areas are in which tiers later this week
  • Pubs in tier one can remain open until 11pm and the Government will reinforce the importance of working from home wherever possible
  • Pubs and bars in tier two must close unless they are serving “substantial meals” such as a full breakfast, main lunchtime or evening meal along with accompanying drinks
  • All hospitality venues in tier three must close with the exception of delivery, takeaway and drive-through – the same as national lockdown restrictions
  • Hotels and other accommodation providers must also close if in tier three (except for specific exemptions including people staying for work purposes or where they cannot return home) and indoor entertainment venues must also close

Via a video link into the House of Commons yesterday (Monday 23 November), Johnson said: "Our Covid-19 Winter Plan is to carry out safely to spring. I can confirm national restrictions in England will end on 2 December and they will not be renewed.

"From next Wednesday, people will be able to leave their home for any purpose and meet others in outdoor public spaces subject to the rule of six.

"Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume and shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector can reopen. Without sensible precautions we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or new year surge. The incidence of the disease is still widespread in many areas.

"We are not going to replace national measures with a free for all, a status quo anti Covid, we are going to go back instead to a regional tiered approach, applying the toughest measure where Covid-19 is most prevalent.

"While the previous local tiers did cut the R number, they were not quite enough to reduce it below one. The scientific advice is as we come out, our tiers need to be made tougher.”

Trade bodies and licensees have hit back at the new measures, saying the change in the curfew time would "make a little bit of a difference​".

UKHospitality boss Kate Nicholls said the new rules on the tiered system is "killing Christmas and beyond​ for many businesses and their customers".

British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) chief executive Emma McClarkin warned the additional restrictions will destroy the sector if they go ahead as proposed.

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