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Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No.5) Regulations 2020

 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 are now in effect and have introduced curfew and further restrictions to licensed premises in England.

 

Curfew:

Persons responsible for carrying on a ‘restricted business’ or providing a ‘restricted service’ must not carry on that business or service between 22:00 hours and 5:00 hours.

 

Restricted businesses and services include:

Restaurants, including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members’ clubs

Businesses providing food or drink prepared on the premises for immediate consumption off the premises (but this excludes supermarkets, convenient stores, corner shops, newsagents, pharmacists and petrol stations)

Cafés, Including workplace canteens unless there is no practical alternative for staff at that workplace to obtain food.

Bars, including bars in hotels or members' clubs

Pubs

Social clubs

Casinos

Bowling alleys

Cinemas

Theatres

Amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities.

Funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks and adventure parks and activities.

Bingo halls and concert halls.

 

Cinemas, theatres or concert halls can stay open beyond 22.00 to conclude a performance that has begun before 22.00, but are then obliged to shut once the performance has concluded.

 

Business that are required to close will still be able to provide off-sales services via drive through or delivery, by making deliveries in response to orders received through a website or other online communication; by telephone, including orders by text message, by post, or to a purchaser who collects the food or drink in a vehicle, and to whom the food or drink is passed without the purchaser or any other person leaving the vehicle.

 

Exceptions also exist for motorway service areas.

 

Table service:

Subject to the 22:00 closure requirement, certain businesses which serve alcohol for consumption on the premises may only sell food or drink for consumption on the premises if:

(a) The food or drink is ordered by, and served to, a customer who is seated on the premises; and
(b) The person takes all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink on the premises.

 

The wording of the Regulations, therefore, means that most pubs and bars will be required to provide full table service and that customers will not be able to order or stand at the bar. This provision applies to restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, social clubs, casinos, workplace canteens and ‘businesses providing food or drink prepared on the premises for immediate consumption off the premises’.

 

The Regulations also state:  “(3) For the purposes of paragraphs (1) and (2), an area adjacent to the premises of the business where seating is made available for customers of the business (whether or not by the business) or which customers of the business habitually use for consumption of food or drink served by the business is to be treated as part of the premises of that business.”

 

Businesses that do not sell alcohol will still need to comply with the requirement to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink.

 

Other premises that must close between 22:00 and 5:00 are not subject to the “table service” requirements, namely bowling alleys, cinemas, theatres, amusement arcades/leisure centres, funfairs etc., bingo halls and concert halls. In other words, customers of these premises may order and consume food and be served alcohol as normal, subject of course to a suitable COVID-Secure risk assessment and compliance with any licence conditions.

 

Fines for breaching these parts of the Regulations start at £1,000 for the first offence and increase thereafter to £10,000 for the fourth.

 

The Regulation may be found here

Address: CLAU is based at East Northamptonshire Council
Cedar Drive, Thrapston, Northamptonshire NN14 4LZ

Telephone: 01832 742102

Email: licensingunit@east-northamptonshire.gov.uk