Amidst the aftershock of the government’s announcement of a national lockdown starting this Thursday for a month, the finer details of what this means include hospitality providers unable to sell alcohol during lockdown.
Guidance from the Government on New National Restrictions from 5 November was updated yesterday. The guidance details information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for people working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available. They can be seen here.
Unfortunately, the guidance on alcohol sales states: “Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.”
The new rule is starkly different to lockdown one’s, and is another limiting factor on hospitality that seems to have no good reason for implementation. If you can buy alcohol of an almost infinite variety in your local supermarket, why can’t you order your favourite tipple with your takeaway food, if so desired.
We do not have an answer to that question, but thankfully many others are asking the same. It must have been added for a reason, let’s all hope like many other aspects of government policy, it is reversed, and soon.
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