Pub drinkers must order ‘substantial meal’ with pints when lockdown ends

All drinkers will have to have substantial meals with their pints when the latest coronavirus lockdown ends and the pubs reopen.

The measure will likely include people who are drinking outside in the new rules set to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later today.

England is likely to re-enter a tighter three-tier system of restrictions when lockdown ends on December 2.

Tier two will be "beefed up" and it is understood pubs will only be allowed to serve booze alongside a "substantial meal" – even if the customer is outside.

Punters will only be able to dine with people they live with indoors, but can sit with people outside their household under the returning Rule of Six.

Pubs and restaurants in tier three areas will only be allowed to operate on a click and collect basis with no indoor seating.

Venues in tier one will be able to operate closer to normal with table service and social distancing being practiced, although it is understood that few areas will return to the lowest tier when the breakdown is released on Thursday.

The controversial 10pm pub and restaurant curfew is set to be scrapped with customers given an extra hour of drinking and eating time until 11pm.

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But hospitality bosses have slammed the new Covid-19 rules, claiming the "whole sector is being thrown to the wolves".

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: "This is a cruel decision and it just feels as if the whole sector is being thrown to the wolves.

"We make 25% of our profits in the run-up to Christmas and the Government is taking that away.

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"This will have a catastrophic effect on a large number of businesses and all those jobs that were furloughed will now be lost.

"You are talking about the prospect of a million job losses and 30 to 40,000 premises closing their doors for good."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak reportedly argued for pubs and restaurants to be removed from the tiering system on December 22, two days before the relaxing of the rules is set to be implemented for Christmas.

But he was overruled by the Prime Minister with scientific advisers saying hospitality businesses are responsible for a significant spread of the virus.

Over the festive period households will be allowed to form social bubbles and to spend time indoors with them, including at the pub.

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