People in tier 2 can't drink in pubs and restaurants after food is finished

Drinkers visiting pubs in England’s tier two regions won’t be able to stick around after they have finished their meals, Downing Street has confirmed.

Most of the country will enter second tier rules after lockdown ends on December 2, meaning boozers can only serve alcohol with a ‘substantial meal’, like in a restaurant.

But if you were hoping to be able to polish off a small plate of chips and continue with your drinking session all night, you’d be mistaken.

When asked how long drinkers can stay in the pub after their substantial meal, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said: ‘We’ve been clear that, in tier 2 I believe, that you need to have a substantial meal if ordering any alcohol and it remains the case that the guidance says that once the meal is finished, it is at that point.’

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Although yesterday’s tier system announcement will be a big relief to businesses up and down the country who are allowed to open again, rushing customers out of the door as soon as they’ve finished eating will be a big financial blow to pubs and restaurants, who normally turn the most profit from alcohol sales.

Publicans have been advised that punters drinking soft drinks or coffee do not need to order a meal, but they haven’t been told why this is the case.

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