England is bracing pubs to reopen on Super Saturday as fears of chaos are calmed at 6am and most bars aren’t served until 8am
- At the crack of dawn, landlords and bar staff were ready to prepare their premises
- They were preparing for a gambler tsunami as lockdown easing kicks off today
- Drinkers sink a whopping 15 million pints to 23,000 establishments in England
England is bracing itself for ‘pub-ageddon’ as bars and restaurants reopen on Super Saturday, but the fear of chaos calmed down at 6am and most would only start serving after 8am.
At the crack of dawn, landlords and staff were ready to prepare their premises for a gambler tsunami as lockdown easing takes effect.
Drinkers will sink as many as 15 million pints at 23,000 establishments across the country, experts predict.
However, pubs were unable to open their doors to customers first as regulations forced their closure until 6am.
Since the new coronavirus rules were only released on Friday afternoon, some landlords planned to open as soon as the clock ticked after midnight.
At the crack of dawn, homeowners and staff were ready to prepare their premises for a gambler tsunami as the lockdown eases. Pictured: Surrey Docks Weatherspoon in Surrey Quays, South East London
Drinkers will sink as many as 15 million pints at 23,000 establishments across the country, experts predict. Pictured: the Wheatsheaf Pub, Borough Market, central London
But Downing Street has broken through the rapid gaps by ensuring that the current ban continues until after sunrise.
The BrewDog chain of pubs canceled events on Friday after the new rules were reported.
Boris Johnson urged the public not to “ blow it up ” by not behaving safely and adhering to social distance rules as the restrictions on the hospitality industry are relaxed.
The rules signed by health secretary Matt Hancock enrolled a 30-person limit for home and outdoor gatherings in environments not considered “Covid-secure.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said, “The regulations also keep a list of buildings that should remain closed and that include nightclubs, nail bars and salons, indoor playgrounds, gyms, conference centers and exhibition halls.
Despite the rules not changing for pubs until this morning, there were still drinkers in Borough Market last night
The George, in Eton, Windsor, Berkshire, had a staff training night last night as they prepare to reopen their pub tomorrow
Those rules usually come into effect on Saturday, July 4 at 12:01 PM. The reopening of pubs and bars will take effect specifically at 6 a.m.
He added, “That would be the case if someone tried to open at midnight.”
Typical licensing terms still apply, so pubs can only open when they are normally allowed.
Laws restricting indoor meetings to two households and outdoor meetings to six people have now been repealed – although the government still advises that these are sensible precautions.
The 30-person limit would prevent mass gatherings, number 10 said.
The prime minister’s spokesperson added: “The reason for setting the figure for 30 is that we have to introduce a law and that is to give the police the powers they need to rave or other big gathering which is clearly irresponsible and in violation of social distance rules. ‘
BrewDog Tower Hill staff prepared to reopen with social distance measures last night
Bartender Michael Fitzsimons wears PPE while pouring a pint behind a protective shield at the bar, during final preparations at The Faltering Fullback pub in North London, before reopening
Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and some other locations or organized events are exempt from the limit of 30 people, provided that adequate measures are taken to prevent the spread of the virus.
Nothing in the law forbids outside of football or cricket.
But officials have urged people to continue taking social distance measures if they want to participate in team sports.
The latest laws also allow Mr. Hancock to order the closure of any public outdoor area, such as parks, if there is a “serious and imminent threat to public health.”
Fines can still be imposed on those who break the rules, and police officers still have the power to disperse large groups.
The rules need to be revised before the end of the month.
Separate regulations to enforce the ongoing closure in Leicester were published on Friday.