Brits can’t wait to get back to the pub with their friends (Picture: Getty)
The next milestone date of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions is going ahead as planned on April 12, when beer gardens, outdoor dining, and services including hairdressers will reopen in England.
With the pubs reopening going ahead, many are wondering what the rules will be around meeting up with friends and Test and Trace.
Here’s all you need to know.
How many households can meet up?
Groups are limited to either six people or two full households, and you can only meet in outdoor venues, such as beer gardens and rooftop terraces.
There are no rules in place requiring pubs to serve a meal alongside alcohol – the former confusing scotch egg rule has been waived – and there will also be no early curfew.
Just in time for (hopefully) warmer weather, people can have meals and drinks in outdoor venues. (Picture: Getty)
Please note that these rules only apply to England – the rest of the UK have their own rules for pubs reopening.
Are takeaway pints allowed?
Yes, takeaway pints will be back on the menu.
People were enjoying takeaway drinks during the second national lockdown so it will be a welcome move for many establishments and visitors alike.
What are the new pub rules and do I have to check-in to Test and Trace?
People will need to check-in at a venue again, as happened the last time bars and restaurants reopened.
What’s different this time is that everyone in a group entering a pub and restaurant will have to scan a QR code or leave their contact details.
Everyone visiting an establishment will be required to leave contact details or sign in with the app (Picture: Getty)
Previously, only one member of a group would have to do so.
So, if you haven’t already, you may want to download the NHS Test and Trace app.
People who have been at a venue on the same day as other people who have tested positive for the coronavirus will now receive an alert to book a coronavirus test immediately, whether they are showing symptoms or not.
If someone tests positive for the coronavirus, they will also be required to share their venue history via the app.
Contrary to some confusion earlier on, there will also be no ban on paying for your drinks indoors.
A spokesperson for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) confirmed in a statement: ‘There is no ban on taking payment indoors when pubs and other hospitality venues reopen from 12 April.
Customers are required to order, be served and eat or drink while seated outside, and wherever possible payment should be taken at the table or at another outdoor location.’
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