More than 20,000 pubs now in tier 3

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Tight restrictions: all but 729 of England's pubs are now in the highest two tiers
Tight restrictions: all but 729 of England's pubs are now in the highest two tiers

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Some 20,465 of England’s pubs are now in tier three, alongside more than 16,000 in tier two, leaving fewer than 1,000 in the lowest tier, according to analysis from real estate adviser Altus Group.

This comes ahead of an anticipated tier review, which is set to take place today (Wednesday 16 December).

At the time the strengthened tiers were announced, the Government stated the tiers would be reviewed fortnightly.

This followed the announcement on Monday (14 December) that London, alongside parts of Hertfordshire and Essex would be moving into tier three, forcing 4,469 pubs to close and only operate with takeaway services.

The move was labelled an “illogical tactic”​ by trade body UKHospitality, which joined other industry leaders in stressing to the Government the sector must not be blamed for coronavirus outbreaks.

Tier outline

The announcement came less than a fortnight after pubs were allowed to reopen under the strengthened tier system, after the second national lockdown and means many pubs who had planned for the festive season will miss out on the trade’s most profitable time of the year.

The pubs in those areas joined the 16,010 pubs already in tier three in areas including Greater Manchester, Kent and Bristol.

Currently, there are just 729 pubs in tier one. This is where pubs can host multiple groups inside and outside but must adhere to the ‘rule of six’.

Pubs selling alcohol for consumption on site have to provide table service only and the 11pm curfew is in place, calling last orders at 10pm.

There are three areas in this tier – Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isle of Scilly.

Rules enforced

In tier two, there are 16,337 pubs meaning they can only serve mixed households outside (rule of six) and no household mixing indoors.

Pubs can open if operating as a restaurant, serving alcohol with substantial meals and table service only.

The same 11pm curfew applies, with last orders at 10pm.

In the highest tier, there are now 20,465 pubs meaning they have to close their doors completely, only able to provide takeaway, delivery and click and collect services.

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