Thanks to the second phase of the roadmap, which goes into effect on Monday April 12th, pubs across England have reopened after months of lockdown.
People were standing in line at midnight to be among the first in bars this morning.
However, there are still strict rules that apply to anyone planning a trip to a pub, reports The mirror.
Everything you need to know about the new pub rules can be found here.
- 1 When will pubs be open?
- 2 Which parts of the pubs will be open?
- 3 How many people can meet in the pub?
- 4 Can I just come to my restaurant?
- 5 Will vaccination certificates be required?
- 6 When do pubs say open until?
- 7 Do I have to eat a substantial meal?
- 8 Will pubs be mask-free environments?
- 9 Are there any other rules?
When will pubs be open?
Some pubs across the country reopen at 12:01 p.m. on Monday morning.
However, there are revised opening times for many venues. Check this before you set off to avoid disappointment.
There is no longer a curfew at 10 p.m. – so the pubs are open late into the night.
Which parts of the pubs will be open?
Only outdoor areas such as terraces and beer gardens may be opened.
There are around 37,500 pubs in England that could theoretically be opened outdoors, but only 15,000 have enough outside space or a beer garden to welcome drinkers back or to be financially viable.
Pubs are allowed to sit outside – for example on sidewalks and in parking lots – and set up tents and pavilions.
Pubs can reopen their interiors on May 17th.
How many people can meet in the pub?
Only groups of six people or people from two households can meet.
Those planning to book two tables of six side by side and mingle will break the rules.
Can I just come to my restaurant?
Yes, booking is not required by law and chains like Wetherspoon have indicated that there are no booking options.
Since demand is likely to be high, many venues ask people to reserve a table prior to arrival – check this out before you set off.
You will also need to log in using the NHS Test and Trace app upon arrival.
Will vaccination certificates be required?
You don’t have to prove that you received a Covid vaccine or that you are immune from having the infection before. You don’t have to prove that you had a negative test either.
These things might be necessary in the future as the government is considering Covid passports.
When do pubs say open until?
Unlike the last time they were allowed to greet customers, there is no strict curfew at 10 p.m.
That is, the last orders depend on the license of the pub.
Do I have to eat a substantial meal?
The last time to enjoy a drink was to buy a “full meal”.
This rule will not be reinstated.
Will pubs be mask-free environments?
No. There is no need to wear a mask while you sit down. However, one is required for trips to the bathroom or a stroll through the pub.
Are there any other rules?
The venues are likely to encourage thorough hand washing and / or hand sanitizing prior to entering the premises.
Social distancing needs to be maintained so you can expect one-way systems and staggered queues before visiting toilets or coming to your table.
If you order at the bar, you are not allowed to dwell any longer, so table service is required.
The music has to stay at a low volume for the time being to minimize screaming, singing or dancing.