Local alert level tier two - High - Information for licensed food and drink premises
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance - updated
Local alert level tier two - new regulations
Changes have recently been made to the rules governing hospitality venues (for more details, please visit the government website).
Here is a summary of the main changes:
- Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways, but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
- In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
- Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume on site.
- Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England will now need to take bookings of no more than six people from the same household, ensure people are not meeting in groups of more than six people on their premises, and make sure there is sufficient space between tables. Groups of six from different households can meet in beer gardens and open spaces
- Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally (from 24 September).
- Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Businesses must remind customers to do so.
- Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings.
- People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
- Businesses and organisations will face stricter rules to make their premises COVID Secure (from 28 September):
- A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 Secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
- Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
- Inside, establishments must endeavour to carry out enough checks to satisfy yourself that all the persons are from the same household.