Is this the end of the late-night kebab or takeaway? New 10pm curfew rule only allows deliveries

BOOZED up drinkers will not longer be able to pick up a kebab or late-night takeaway on their way back from the pub.

Today, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined stricter coronavirus restrictions which prevent pubs and restaurants from opening past 10pm from Thursday.

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Mr Johnson said that all hospitality venues must close at 10pm – and this includes for takeaway.

But he confirmed that restaurants and takeaway food venues can still deliver food to customers beyond the curfew.

He said: "From Thursday all pubs bars and restaurants must operate a table service only expect for takeaways – together with all hospitality venues they must close at 10pm.

"I'm sorry that this will affect many businesses just getting back on their feet but we must act."

The Prime Minister faced MPs in the House of Commons to reveal new restrictions this lunchtime, ahead of an address to the nation at 8pm tonight.

 

List of places that will have to follow the 10pm curfew

BORIS Johnson has introduced new tougher coronavirus restrictions, including a 10pm curfew on the following hospitality places.

This list could be subject to change when the government reveals its finalised version.

  • Pubs
  • Restaurants
  • Cinemas
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos
  • Skating rinks
  • Tourism attractions, eg The Shard and Blackpool Tower
  • Arcades

The 10pm curfew is also expected to hit the leisure and tourism industry, with the closure of hotel bars and cinemas included in the new rules.

 Tom Stainer from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), said: "This is punishing the thousands of responsible publicans across England who are providing a COVID-secure environment for their communities, while already operating at greatly reduced levels in their efforts to keep their customers safe.  

"Make no mistake about this – without a proper financial support package, communities will lose their local forever, people will lose their jobs, and publicans their livelihoods

Brits were earlier told to work from home if they can in a huge shift away from the "back to work" message.

We explain who will be exempt from the rules.

After weeks of telling people to go back into their offices, today Michael Gove confirmed there had been a change of tack to stop the spread of the bug.

He told Sky News this morning: "If it is possible for people to work from home then we would encourage them to do so."

He later told the BBC that they could stay in the office if they thought it was a "safe, covid-secure" workplace, and "you should be there if your job requires it".

The news comes as part of a new package of coronavirus measures the PM revealed this lunchtime – including a curfew of 10pm on pubs.

Today's fresh plan from Boris include:

  • A 10pm curfew for all pubs across England – and they will be made to offer table service by law.
  • A significant cap on the number of guests allowed at weddings.
  • But businesses and schools will be able to stay open as No10 attempts to stave off a second lockdown.
  • A dramatic increase in enforcement measures to make sure people are obeying the Rule of Six.
  • More fines could be slapped on those flouting the rules with on-the-spot closures for venues that fail to follow the rules.

The curfew, from this Thursday, will also hit restaurants and all other hospitality venues in England.

But the PM has not to put the UK into a full lockdown like back in March.

The nation has been told they should limit the number of households that people are coming into contact with to minimise the risk of infection.

People in the North and Midlands are already banned from visiting others in their homes or gardens, or hanging out with people they do not live with in pubs.

The Covid threat level was raised from three to four yesterday, meaning the virus is running amok across the country — signalling six months of further misery.

Chief medical adviser Chris Whitty warned everyone has a part to play in stopping the disease, insisting: “This is not someone else’s problem, this is all of our problems.”

A senior Whitehall source said: “Every option comes with a very big stick.”

The PM will chair an emergency meeting of Cobra this morning — the first in months — and summon his Cabinet to sign off his new clampdown.



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