Hospitality industry faces new restrictions to curb second wave

In recent weeks, many businesses within the hospitality sector have been enjoying a relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions.

However, from 24 September 2020 pubs, bars and restaurants will have to close at 10pm, as part of the Government’s attempts to limit a second wave of Coronavirus infection.

The same measures apply to takeaways, however, deliveries will be permitted to operate past this curfew.

Hospitality venues will also only be able to offer table service from this date, while staff and customers in indoor hospitality must now wear face coverings. Customers can only remove face coverings once they are seated and are consuming food or drinks. 

As with other indoor venues, initial fines for not wearing a mask when required to will increase from £100 to £200.

If you operate a hospitality business and are concerned about the implications of these new measures, please seek advice.