Well the first thing you need to know is which Tier you are in. You can do this by simply entering your postcode in the government checker which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions the restriction will differ depending on your local COVID Alert Level.
Please remember these only apply to England if you are in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales there are different restrictions.
Below is a broad outline of the 3 levels at present for the Hospitality sector.
Local COVID Alert Level – Medium
All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-19 Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
Cafes and restaurants in motorway service stations are exempt from the early closing requirement. But cannot sell alcohol after 10pm
staff in retail and hospitality settings are required to wear a face covering and all businesses must remind customers to wear a face covering where mandated, such as by displaying posters.
In both indoor and outdoor areas of licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table. Licensed and unlicensed businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink on the premises.
Wedding receptions and celebrations may take place, but only 15 people may attend
People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
Local COVID Alert Level – High
This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following additional measures are in place:
People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
Local COVID Alert Level – Very High
This is for areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.
Pubs and bars must close and 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.
Wedding receptions are not allowed
People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area they are in, or entering a ‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere.
Please don’t forget to check the Government website if you are unsure as these rules are changing all the time.
Don’t forget you are not alone the whole Hospitality Industry is going through this, if you would like to discuss how this affects your business just call me David Hunter on 07831 407984. Or use our Enquiry Form and we will get back to you.
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