Drinkers visiting pubs in the English Tier 2 regions will have to leave the property as soon as they have finished eating.
Under the new post-lockdown guidelines, pubs in Tier 2 areas can only stay open if they can act as a restaurant, and alcohol can only be served with a hearty meal.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson, who asked how long drinkers can stay in the pub after buying a hearty meal, said: “ It has become clear to us that, in level 2, I think you need a hearty meal if you order alcohol. it remains that the guidance says that once the meal is ready, it is at that point. “
More than 55 million people will face tougher coronavirus restrictions in England after December 2, as Boris Johnson warned that any relaxation could lead to another national lockdown in the new year.
Only the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – accounting for just over 1% of the UK population – face the lightest Tier 1 restrictions.
Large areas of the Midlands, North East, and North West are in the most restrictive Tier 3, but the majority of people – including London – will be in Tier 2.
Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I am sorry to confirm that most of England will be in the top two tiers from Wednesday, with the toughest measures.
“And I know this will cause a lot of grief and frustration, especially for our vital hospitality industry.”
But he cautioned, “If we calm down now, we risk losing control of this virus all over again, putting aside our hard-won gains and forcing us back to a national lockdown for another year with all the damage that would. mean. “
About 23.3 million people – 41.5% of the population of England – will be in level 3, while 32 million people – 57.3% – will be in the second level.
In level 1, the rule of six applies indoors and out, people are urged to work from home when they can and pubs are limited to table service.
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In Level 2, the restrictions include a ban on households to mix indoors, while pubs and restaurants are only allowed to sell alcohol with a “hearty meal”.
Level 3 measures prohibit the mixing of households, except in limited circumstances such as in parks.
Bars and restaurants are limited to takeout or delivery services and people will be advised not to travel outside of their area.
Shops and schools will remain open in all neighborhoods.