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Beer gardens open & the sun is out!

Posted on 19th, Apr 2021
Beer gardens are open!
We can finally enjoy a pint in our favourite local!
Although it's only in the beer garden until the 17th May we are still ecstatic about it!
Enjoying a cold drink with 6 friends we haven't seen in months, in unseasonably warm weather is just what the Doctor ordered!


The 10pm curfew has been scrapped

Guidance says that for outdoor food and drink venues, there will not be a curfew imposed on when they must open and close.

Previously pubs and restaurants had to close their doors, inside and out, by 10pm across England due to Covid restrictions.

But social distancing and mixing rules will still apply

Although this sounds obvious, social distancing and rules on household mixing will continue to apply from April 12.

It means up to six individuals from different households, or up to two households, will be allowed to meet outdoors at food and drink venues.

The rules continue to ban mixing of different households indoors as this is due to be reviewed and changed on May 17.


Toilets inside premises can reopen 

At outdoor venues, toilets inside buildings will be allowed to reopen to customers, although limited to just a handful of people at any time.

You'll also need to wear a face covering when entering beer gardens via indoor premises, paying indoors, and accessing toilets that are indoors. 

You no longer need to buy a meal 

Gone are the days where you will need to order a 'substantial meal' with alcoholic drinks as those rules will no longer apply.

Previously pubs were limited to serving customers alcoholic drink when they placed an order for a meal. 

Carveries can reopen 

It's good news for carvery fans as they are allowed to reopen their counters indoors. 

The guidance says that venues that don't serve alcohol can allow customers to order and collect food and drink from a counter - but it must then be consumed while seated at an outdoor table.


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