New closing times for pubs, cafes, restaurants and other eateries went into effect across the UK today.
There are different but similar rules for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The rules are intended to restrict socialization and risk behavior in order to slow the spread of Covid-19.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said nearly 10,000 people a day now get coronavirus.
The new rules will come with a £ 200 fine for anyone who violates them – and businesses can be fined £ 6,400.
Companies are only allowed to reopen at 5 a.m.
The rules apply in different ways to pubs, restaurants, bingo halls, casinos, cinemas, concert halls, work canteens and cafes.
Cinemas and concert halls are allowed to stay open after 10 p.m. after the performances are over, reports The Mirror, as long as films and concerts start at 10 p.m. Your and bars need to close.
Work canteens can remain open if there is no alternative.
Companies that have to close at 10 p.m.
- Restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or member clubs
- Companies that provide food or drinks prepared on the premises for immediate consumption outside the premises
- Cafes, including workplace canteens (with a few exceptions, listed below)
- Bars, including bars in hotels or member clubs
- Bowling alleys
- Arcades or other indoor leisure centers or facilities
- Fairs (indoor or outdoor), theme parks and adventure parks and activities
- Bingo halls
- Concert halls
Companies that are not included
- Convenience stores, mom and pop shops and newsagents
- Pharmacist and chemist
- Gas stations
- Cafes or canteens in a hospital, nursing home, or school
- Canteens in a prison or facility that are used for naval, military or air force purposes, or for defense purposes
- Services that provide food or drink to the homeless
- Work canteens can remain open if there is no practical alternative to getting groceries for the staff in that workplace
Companies are expected to clear their customers by 10 p.m.
The Prime Minister explained the new rules to the House of Commons: “Unfortunately, to help the police enforce this rule, it means that it is closed and not just asking for final orders, as simplicity is paramount.”
“The same goes for takeaways, although deliveries can continue after that.
“I’m sorry this is affecting a lot of companies that are getting back on their feet, but we need to act to prevent the virus from spreading to bars and restaurants.”