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The new Covid-19 tier rules for the Hospitality industry explained

Covid-19 tier system

The new Covid-19 tier strategy will see most of England in two of the toughest levels of measures when it comes to the national lockdown next week.

Here is a full breakdown of the different tiers and rules that affect the hospitality industry and what you will need to follow after December 2nd.

Tier 1

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businesses and venues can remain open, in a COVID secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

Provide table service only, for premises that serve alcohol

close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are exempt)

stop taking orders after 10pm

hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

you must not socialise in groups larger than 6 people, indoors or outdoors, other than where a legal exemption applies. This is called the ‘rule of 6’

Exemption if part of a single household, or a support bubble

Tier 2

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businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol

close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)

stop taking orders after 10pm

hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

Exemption if part of a single household, or a support bubble

Tier 3

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hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

Exemption if part of a single household, or a support bubble

We know this is going to be a really difficult time for businesses in the hospitality industry, so that is why we wanted to give back to our local community, supporting and being part of the recovery to get Liverpool back to the great city that it is.

We have just launched our Hopsy to Help Out campaign and are currently offering Hopsy free to all hospitality businesses in Liverpool for 3 months to help with the transition out of lockdown and into tier 2.

Get prepared for opening and start your free 3 month trial with us today!