MORE of England is expected to be put under the strictest Tier 4 restrictions as soon as Boxing Day – but what does it mean for pubs and restaurants?
It’s hoped the latest round of tough measures will help to slow the spread of a mutant coronavirus that’s believed to be 70% more infectious.
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London and parts of the South East of England are already in Tier 4 after the strain is believed to be behind a sudden surge in hospitalisations.
Now, the mutant Covid strain has been detected in parts of the South West, Midlands and the North – areas all currently in Tier 2 or 3.
Pubs and restaurants remain closed in Tier 4 lockdown areas but you can still order food for takeaway.
It’s identical to rules already in force for places following Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.
But non-essential shops, hairdressers and beauty salons must shut.
We explain what it means for pubs and restaurants.
Are pubs and restaurants open in Tier 4?
Pubs and restaurants must remain closed for dine-in customers – but they are allowed to serve takeaways.
This means you can order food or drink either for delivery, or by collecting it in person, up until 11pm.
Restaurants are also still allowed to keep their drive-thrus open, again only until 11pm.
Customers will still be able to pick up a takeaway pint as long as they have pre-ordered it.
But sadly, it means a Christmas meal out will be off the menu in Tier 4 areas as customers aren’t allowed to sit inside a restaurant or pub to eat.
Full list of areas in Tier 4
HERE is the full list of areas in Tier 4.
- Surrey (excluding Waverley)
- The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
- All 32 London boroughs and the city of London.
- Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
- Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring)
Are pubs and restaurants open in Tier 3, 2 and 1?
The rules above also apply to areas following Tier 3 coronavirus rules, meaning pubs and restaurants are open for takeaway, delivery or drive-thru only.
Pub and restaurants in Tier 2 locations are allowed to stay open – but only if they serve alcohol with a “substantial meal”.
That means that punters must order a full breakfast, main lunchtime or evening meal in order to get a drink.
Drinkers will only be able to dine in with people in their bubbles, but can sit outside with people outside their household under the “rule of six”.
They will have to call last orders at 10pm but you’ll still get an hour to finish up drinks and food.
In Tier 1 areas, pub goers will be able to dine in but venues will only be allowed to operate table-service so you can’t order at the bar.
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We’ve rounded up a full list of shops and businesses that are forced to shut under Tier 4 rules.
It includes indoor gyms and other indoor sporting activities, which are now closed.
New Tier 4 rules and exemptions: What you can and can’t do, explained.