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Restaurants can serve takeaway alcohol during lockdown

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Fish and chip restaurants in England will be allowed to sell takeaway alcohol when lockdown rules come into effect tomorrow after the government updated its guidance for the hospitality industry.

Although the sale of alcohol was initially prohibited, a relaxation of the rules means it can now be served as long as it is pre ordered via a website, phone or text message and as long as the customer does not enter the premises to collect. Deliveries are also allowed.

While takeaways can offer walk ins until 10pm, they too must abide by the same rules and cannot sell alcohol unless pre-ordered.

Consumption of food and drink on the premises - including outdoor seating - is banned during the four week lockdown.

Commenting on the news, UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “It is a welcome and helpful clarification that restaurants and pubs will be permitted to continue with off-licence sales of alcohol through delivery, click and collect and takeaway for pre-ordered sales. Having that channel of revenue was a lifeline to many businesses in the first lockdown."

She adds: “It is a relief to have sight of this guidance – yet again, venues have precious little time in which to digest and implement them. A vital element to the successful application of the guidance, at short notice, will be clear local authority guidance on their enforcement, so that venues have confidence that there will be consistency across England.”

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