On November 5, England entered a second national lockdown, in a bid to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus. New restrictions highlighted that we must stay at home (unless for specific purposes), avoid meeting anyone from outside our own household and close all non-essential venues.
When hospitality venues were told to close, they were also told they could only serve on a takeaway basis, before 10pm and excluding alcohol. After an understandable outcry from the owners of such establishments, the government made a U-turn on the decision, later amending restrictions to allow for the sale of alcohol on a takeaway basis.
According to the most recent data, over 98% of England is currently in tier 2 or 3, with the exception of Cornwall, the Isle of Wight, and the Isles of Scilly, which is currently in tier 1.
At Oliver’s Kitchen, we are particularly interested in how this will impact the hospitality industry. The current measures state that hospitality venues in tier 2 are allowed to reopen, but bars and pubs must remain closed unless serving alcohol with a substantial meal, while those in tier 3 must continue to conduct business on a takeaway only basis.
Although this was a relief to some, many are still concerned as to how they will make ends meet after being forced to shut. We at Oliver’s Kitchen understand the importance of hospitality venues, not just for those who rely on them for work, but also for those of us who appreciate the value of pubs and restaurants to communities as a whole.