UK Pubs Will Reopen For Business With No Need To Buy A ‘Substantial Meal’.
BORIS JOHNSON is intending to scrap the substantial meal rule when pubs reopen, according to reports. The ‘unpopular’ requirement came into force when the tier system was in place and meant hospitality venues in areas with high Covid rates could only serve booze with food.
It left many landlords and customers confused about what counts as a substantial meal, with cabinet minister Micheal Gove getting slammed by critics after he memorably declared a scotch egg would suffice. Reports suggest Mr Johnson will ditch this red tape on pubs as soon as the lockdown is lifted, though it is still not clear if a curfew will remain in place.
The PM is expected to unveil his roadmap to easing restrictions this week, on February 22, with open-air contact set to be prioritised after schools. According to The Times, team and individual sports such as tennis, along with limited social gatherings outside, could be possible within weeks of pupils returning to the classroom on March 8- as previously reported.
Outside markets are set to return before high street shops and alfresco drinking and dining outside restaurants will be allowed before eating indoors. The rules will be applied nationwide after ministers decided not to return to the regional system of tiers when the lockdown is lifted.
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