Part of the Tier 2 restrictions state that you can only go to pubs and restaurants if you have a ‘substantial meal’, and even then only with your household.
This means you can’t just go to your local and get a packet of crisps alongside four pints, you have to get a proper plate of food.
Many of us then thought fine, we’ll have a meal and order a bunch of drinks at the same time, which will last for a few hours.
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That plan has now been scuppered, as it’s been announced diners will have to leave once they’ve finished their meal.
On Friday (November 27) the Prime Minister’s official spokesman, when asked how long drinkers can stay in the pub after purchasing a substantial meal, 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.”
Basically, once your food is finished, you’re out.
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Presumably if you’ve still got half a glass of wine out the restaurant isn’t going to chuck you out, but it’ll stop people buying more alcohol that they could reasonably drink alongside their meal.
This is more bad news for pubs, which rely heavily on making an income from spending on alcohol rather than food.
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