Can you go to restaurants and pubs with friends in London under the new tier 2 lockdown rules?

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  • October 17, 2020
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London is among the eight regions that went into tier 2 lockdown from 00.01am on Saturday morning.

The capital’s move to ‘high’ alert came as 12 of London’s Boroughs infection rates passed 100 in 100,000, including Richmond Upon Thames and Ealing.

Joining London in the move were Barrow-in-Furness, Elmbridge, York, north-east Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield, and Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock).

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The move to tier two brings harsher restrictions on social mixing, so can you still meet up with your mates at the pub or in a restaurant?

Can you go to restaurants and pubs with friends in tier 2?

Unfortunately, Londoners cannot socially mix with friends or family from other households in pubs and restaurants.

You can only meet up indoors, including both private homes and public hospitality venues, with members of your household or those in your support bubble.

However, you can still meet friends outdoors, meaning you can meet up in beer gardens, rooftop bars, and other outdoor restaurant seating areas, as well as in London’s many beautiful parks.

St. James’s Park is particularly stunning this time of year, so why not call up a friend for a takeaway coffee and an autumnal stroll?

You must obvserve the rule of six and social distancing when meeting with friends.

What are the rules for going to a pub or restaurant?

When attending a pub or restaurant, you will have to ‘check-in’ upon arrival, either via the NHS Covid-19 app, or the establishment’s own Test and Trace system.

This is so you can be easily contacted and told to self-isolate if someone who has tested positive with coronavirus was in the venue at the same time as you.

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Staff and customers will have to wear face coverings at all times, except when sat to eat or drink. This means you have to wear a covering even when popping to the loo!

Venues must provide table service, so you cannot order at the bar.

MORE: Which areas fall into the London tier 2 lockdown zone?

MORE: Up to 200,000 pub and restaurant workers face job cuts as London moves to tier 2

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