What about pubs outside of England?
In Scotland, where lockdown was introduced at midnight on Dec 4, restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars are all closed, save for takeaways only. Face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed on site.
If you are resident in Wales, pubs are shut in line with the introduction of a lockdown from Dec 20. Pubs can only offer takeaway services while the country is in Level 4, the highest level of restrictions.
Pubs, bars and restaurants in Northern Ireland must remain closed from Dec 26. They can only offer takeaway services, and must be closed by 8pm, in line with the latest lockdown rules.
What does this mean for the hospitality industry?
The Prime Minister has apologised for what he called “the unavoidable hardship” experienced by workers in the hospitality industry.
The measures at the end of 2020 were described as “catastrophic” by pub chiefs, with a warning that one million jobs are on the line. Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UK Hospitality, said that the changing tiers were “far worse than anyone could have anticipated”.
“This will have a catastrophic effect on a large number of businesses and all those jobs that were furloughed will now be lost. You are talking about the prospect of a million job losses and 30 to 40,000 premises closing their doors for good. This a cruel decision and it just feels as if the whole sector is being thrown to the wolves.”
Hospitality trade bodies are calling for a swift support package for the industry. UKHospitality wrote to the Prime Minister in December requesting a enhanced grants for businesses, and a clear exit strategy from restrictions.
Read more: Pubs in peril: ‘They’re the glue that binds us, so why are they being pushed to the brink?’
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