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In September the Government introduced a 10pm curfew on hospitality businesses in England. Across the UK each nation has also imposed some limits on the opening times for pubs, restaurants and bars. But the policy has been met with criticism from those who say the curfew is an ineffective method of controlling the spread of coronavirus, as well as being damaging to businesses.
On Tuesday MPs voted on Boris Johnson’s three-tier lockdown system, which will see England divided into one of three lockdown tiers.
While the legislation passed through the House of Commons, 42 Conservative MPs rebelled against the 10pm curfew to symbolically register their disapproval of the measure.
Last month it was decided restaurants, pubs and bars must now operate a table service only.
These businesses must also not have customers on the premises between 10pm and 5am.
After 10pm, hospitality businesses are restricted to delivery and drive-thru services only.
And under the new three-tier lockdown system, pubs and bars in some parts of England could face even stricter restrictions over the coming weeks.
The Liverpool City region is currently the only area of the country under Tier 3 restrictions.
Tier 3 restrictions include the closure of pubs and bars unless they can operate as restaurants.
The Government guidance for Tier 3 areas states: “They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal.
“They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.”
The Government has said pubs and bars could be closed in more areas of the country if coronavirus cases continue to rise and Tier 3 restrictions are needed.
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Can hotels serve alcohol after 10pm?
The rules for hospitality businesses applies to hotel restaurants and bars as well.
Guests and staff in hotel restaurants and bars have to wear face coverings, except when seated to eat and drink.
Restaurants and bars in hotels must also be closed to customers between 10pm and 5am every night.
This also means all hotels must stop serving alcohol from 10pm every day in dining rooms and bars in England.
The Government guidance reads: “From Thursday, September 24, pubs, bars and restaurants – including those in hotels and venues in the entertainment, leisure and tourism sectors must be closed between 10pm and 5am.”
Although bars and restaurants will have to close, hotel guests will still be able to order room service after 10pm.
The guidance adds: “Hotels will still be able to provide food and drink through room service between the hours of 10pm and 5am as long as it is ordered by phone or online.”
Hospitality businesses could face a £10,000 fine for failing to adhere to the rules.
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