Almost 2,000 pubs and bars throughout Larger Manchester will probably be calling final orders tonight because the area enters a Tier three lockdown from tomorrow.
Solely these serving meals will probably be allowed to stay open from Friday October 23, together with eating places.
However there will be strict guidelines on serving booze even then.
In response to the official authorities steering, alcohol could solely be served alongside a ‘substantial meal’, which it defines as ‘like a principal lunchtime or night meal’ or a principal course.
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick elaborated additional in a current radio interview.
He stated it might embody issues akin to Cornish pasties, so long as they got here with a aspect, like chips or salad, and had been served on a plate, to a desk, and might be thought-about ‘a standard meal’.
Packets of crisps and plates of chips wouldn’t depend, he added.
The M.E.N requested the Division for Enterprise, Power and Industrial Technique to make clear additional what the modifications will imply for pubs and their prospects.
They advised us all members of a bunch visiting a restaurant or pub should eat a ‘substantive meal’ to have the ability to order alcohol whereas eating there.
So you’ll be able to’t ebook a desk for six individuals and solely purchase one meal between you all as an excuse to order drinks.
BEIS additionally clarified that pubs and bars could solely serve alcohol as a part of the meal and never after the meal has completed.
A couple of drink might be served to every diner throughout a meal, nonetheless.
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Pubs with out their very own kitchens are allowed to work with exterior catering corporations to supply meals, they stated.
Some pubs already welcome pop-ups from visiting meals distributors of their pub automotive parks, for example, and Manchester road meals firm GRUB has supplied to assist present merchants to pubs to allow them to keep open.
If doing so, BEIS confused that hospitality companies should abide by the legislation and steering.
That features providing desk service solely, and shutting by 10pm in step with the nationwide curfew.
Tier three guidelines additionally implement a ban on households mixing indoors – which has been banned in most elements of Larger Manchester for the reason that finish of July.
The brand new restrictions additionally imply individuals will not be allowed to satisfy family and friends they do not dwell with in beer gardens or restaurant terraces.
It means individuals will solely have the ability to go to pubs, bars and eating places with these they dwell with for the foreseeable future.
There are a few exceptions, together with a loophole for enterprise lunches.
The laws banning gatherings between completely different households contains an exemption for any assembly ‘fairly vital’ for work functions.
Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden has prompt this might imply staff might nonetheless meet colleagues and contacts for enterprise lunches in a pub or restaurant in Tier 2 and three areas.
In an interview with ITV, he stated: “Work contains enterprise features and that is why the definition has been prolonged to cowl that, in fact.”
That place is at odds with the Authorities’s messaging to work at home the place potential, nonetheless.
And anybody discovered to be in breach of the legislation dangers a superb of at the least £100.
A Quantity 10 spokesman advised the M.E.N: “We encourage everybody to make use of alternate options for work assembly akin to COVID-secure workplaces or to carry conferences just about.
“This exception is for a selected group of individuals the place they don’t have elsewhere to conduct a enterprise assembly.”
He reiterated that no person ought to meet socially in any indoor setting in Tier 2 and three areas, together with pubs, bars and eating places, until they dwell collectively.
Individuals may legally proceed to go to pubs, bars and eating places with members of their assist bubble.
A assist bubble permits a family with just one grownup dwelling there to have shut contact with one other family of any measurement.
Everybody within the bubble can act as if they’re one family, that means they will go to one another’s properties and wouldn’t have to comply with social distancing guidelines.