All the rules for pubs, cafés, bars and restaurants in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 explained – Mirror Online

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England is set to enter tougher new tiered restrictions from December 2, as the second lockdown comes to an end ahead of the Christmas circuit break.

Local areas will be divided into tiers based on their risk level – and regions with the highest coronavirus cases will fall under the harshest Tier 3 restrictions.

On Thursday, ministers announced London and Liverpool will enter Tier 2 next week.

However, several areas, including Manchester City Council, will be in the highest level – Tier 3.

This also includes Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield and Chesterfield, where hospitality businesses will remain shut to help curb rising covid cases.

We’ve got a full list of what the rules mean in each Tier below.

Regardless of which tier you’re in, the government said non-essential shops, gyms and close-contact beauty services like hairdressers and barbers will be able to open from December 2.

However, pubs, bars and restaurants face a tougher challenge, despite the 10pm hospitality curfew being extended to 11pm.

Here are the rules based on your local tier.

What the tiered system means for pubs and restaurants

Boris Johnson is set to address the nation on Thursday afternoon

Under Tier 3 restrictions, pubs and restaurants will only be allowed to serve takeaways.

In Tier 2, “pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants”, the government said.

From December 2, pubs and bars can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.

Plus, in Tier 2:

  • Pubs and bars operating as restaurants must provide table service only
  • They must remain closed between 11pm and 5am
  • However hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt from this closure rule
  • Tier 2 pubs and bars must stop taking orders after 10pm
  • Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm
  • But, this must be organised through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

Face covering rules still apply. Everyone must wear a face shield, unless they are exempt.

Tier 1 rules for pubs, cafes and restaurants

Just three areas fall under Tier 1 – Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly and Cornwall

Pubs, restaurants and cafés in Tier 1 areas can open with table service – providing they are covid-secure.

Tier 2 rules for pubs and restaurants

Pubs, restaurants and cafés can reopen – and serve alcohol – in these areas – but only if they serve ‘substantial meals’.

Pubs that don’t serve food will remain shut.

In Tier 2 areas, you’ll only be allowed to visit with your household. It will be table service only and the rule of six will apply outdoors.

Tier 3 rules for pubs and restaurants

From December 2, pubs and restaurants in Tier 3 areas will be allowed to open for a takeaway service only. Previously, hospitality venues were allowed to stay open if they served substantial meals. 

What are the household rules in Tier 1 areas?

Those in medium risk areas must:

  • Follow the rule of six if meeting indoors or outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants must close at 11pm

What are the household rules in Tier 2 areas?

  • No household mixing indoors
  • Rule of six applies outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants must close at 11pm

What are the household rules in Tier 3 areas?

  • Rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces such as parks
  • Pubs and bars must close
  • People advised not to travel out of the area

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When will the changes come into effect?

All pubs and restaurants in England remain closed, apart from those able to offer takeaways, click-and-collect, drive-through and delivery.

The new rules take effect on December 2.

Different restrictions apply in other parts of the UK.

In Scotland, non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants in high risk areas – known as Tier 4 – remain shut until December 11. In Level 3 areas, hospitality businesses are banned from selling alcohol and must close by 6pm.

In Wales, you can go to a pub or restaurant with up to three other people from different households, excluding children aged under 11, who do not live with you. This is subject to face coverings and a 10pm curfew on alcohol sales.

In Northern Ireland, pubs and restaurants remain closed until December 10. Unlicensed cafés are open until November 27, when they will also shut up shop.

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