New rules for pubs take effect on July 19
All current pub rules are set to be removed, with punters able to stand at the bar again, as part of the fourth step in Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.
The Prime Minister has vowed to tear up England’s coronavirus regulations at the next stage of the roadmap.
The prime minister bet on confidence in the public’s judgment and the protection offered by vaccines as he abolished the mandatory wearing of masks and lifted social distancing requirements.
The so-called “freedom day” is expected on July 19, with the decision to go ahead or not made a week earlier.
Table service will be eliminated, as will the need to pre-book a table before heading to your local drinker.
Guests will no longer need to sit still and there will be no need to scan a QR code upon arrival for NHS Track and Trace.
It will no longer be compulsory to wear a face mask and the rule of the meter will be abolished.
Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night Time Industries Association, said the industry welcomed Boris Johnson’s update on Monday.
“We have been encouraged by much of what the Prime Minister said today about what government restrictions will look like in the next phase of reopening,” he said.
“The end of social distancing; the end of the rule of six and table service for indoor mixing; no ban on mass events; the elimination of the need to scan a QR code to enter the premises; and the decision not to introduce Covid status certification – these are all very important measures we have campaigned for, as it is the restrictions that have decimated the nighttime economy over the past 16 months.
“We were again disappointed, despite positive rumors, that the Prime Minister did not confirm that the reopening would take place on July 19. As we commented in the last decision on restrictions, a week is not just not enough time for businesses to plan for the reopening – and that betrays the feeling the government doesn’t understand what it takes to reopen businesses after more than a year without a trade. ”
The move comes after the Prime Minister warned that it was now or never if lockdown restrictions were to end in England.
He said now was a “good time” to ease restrictions, given the relatively advanced stage of vaccine deployment and with the “natural firewall” of the summer school vacation approaching.
Johnson said at a Downing Street press conference: “And we have to be honest with ourselves that if we cannot reopen our company in the next few weeks, when we will be helped by the onset of summer. and through the school holidays, then we have to ask ourselves’ when can we get back to normal?
“And to those who say we should delay again – the alternative to that is to open in the winter when the virus has an advantage, or not at all this year.”