What are the rules in pubs and restaurants now they’ve reopened?

What are the rules in pubs and restaurants now they’ve reopened?

With the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions being lifted from today, everyone in the UK can now visit non-essential retail stores, have their hair done in a hairdressers and work out at the gym, to name just a few. Cafes, pubs and restaurants are also able to open their outdoor seating areas for the public to eat and drink in.

But what are the rules on doing so?

Firstly, people can only meet outside if they are within a group of six from multiple households. If only one or two households are gathering outside, there is no limit to the number of people in the group.

All customers must order, eat and drink while they are seated at a table.

Every customer aged over 16 must register through the NHS Test & Trace app, or provide the venue with their contact details.

When customers aren’t seated at a table, they must wear a face covering at all times. This includes getting up to go to the toilet and waiting to be shown to a table.

A curfew or the “substantial meal” requirement no longer applies to pubs and restaurants, but they must still take the appropriate measures to keep their customers safe.

These measures include using social distancing markings, installing plastic screens between tables or at tills, encouraging customers to make contactless payments and providing disposable sauce sachets.

From 17 May onwards, customers will be once again allowed to eat and drink inside pubs and restaurants in groups of up to six people or two households of any size. Groups seated outside must be smaller than 30 people.

Although there is currently no legal requirement for customers to provide their Covid-19 status when visiting a pub, cafe or restaurant, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suggested that this may be a future possibility.


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