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City inspectors look through mailboxes after 10 p.m. curfew looking for illegal bans


Curious council inspectors have peeked through mailboxes and windows to track down pubs and clubs that are locked in after the coronavirus curfew.

Westminster City Council officials were caught red-handed looking into venues in typically busy Soho, London.

Restrictions currently in place across England prohibit venues from opening after 10 p.m. to slow the spread of Covid-19 infections.

Ecommerce consultant Dan Barker spied on the inspectors in action and snapped photos that he uploaded to his Twitter feed.

He wrote, "Odd sight – city inspectors working through Soho looking for illegal speakeasies open after 10pm."

The inspectors were seen peeking through mailboxes in Soho by stunned passers-by

Westminster City Council city inspectors also looked through the windows

Westminster City Council city inspectors also looked through the windows

Even the world famous Ronnie Scott wasn't immune when the inspectors looked closely

Even the world famous Ronnie Scott wasn't immune when the inspectors looked closely

The workers are from the City of Westminster Council and acted after the new rules were introduced

The workers are from the City of Westminster Council and acted after the new rules were introduced

He later told Yahoo UK, “I think I've seen them go to a dozen places – there are quite a few pubs and bars in the area.

It took me a moment to process what they did first. I saw her again about 15 minutes later outside the hippodrome, which is usually open 24/7. «

It came when night owls who went into town for a few drinks last night were evicted from pubs and restaurants when the first pub and restaurant curfew began at 10pm.

Chairs and tables were left empty after customers who were enjoying drinks with friends at outside tables in Soho, central London, were asked by hospitality workers to "get off to help" when the government curfew went into effect.

Metropolitan police officers, including Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, enforced the new coronavirus restrictions last night when bar and restaurant staff cleared tables and chairs from the streets before 10 p.m.

Others enjoyed a drink in the pub beer gardens in London Bridge while for others the restrictions caused some cancellations as revelers feared their meals would be canceled.

Table Service Policy Guidelines "Unclear and unfair," say hospitality owners

Cafe, restaurant and bar owners criticized the new table service rule as unclear and unfair.

The government announced that as of Thursday, "licensed space" in the hospitality industry will have to serve customers at tables to prevent them from gathering at checkouts and bars. This is part of the new coronavirus guidelines announced on Tuesday.

Cabinet Minister Dominic Raab suggested including fast food chains like McDonald & # 39; s.

Cafe owners have suggested that they not only work with table service, while other chains have stated that they do not respect the rules that apply to them.

Atkinsons Coffee Roasters, which owns several cafes in Lancashire, said the new table service rule shows that the government "does not understand or even recognize the coffeehouse sector."

A spokesman said the current system of queuing customers two meters apart while wearing face covering and having screens with cashless payments at their checkouts is already Covid-proof.

They said, “It's all about pubs and restaurants. We don't just need table service. We have already installed Covid-safe systems. & # 39;

A spokesman for Caffe Nero said it did not see cafes as part of the table service rule, while Costa Coffee could not confirm whether it would serve customers at the checkout or use table service.

Kate Nicholls, UK director of Hospitality Hospitality, said policy changes "daily" and inconsistencies between decentralized governments are creating confusion among hospitality executives.

She said, “We understand that fast food restaurants are exempt from the new rules, but there is certainly some level of confusion. Companies have been given next to no time to implement rules that were introduced without consulting the industry, and we are rushing to interpret them. These restrictions will have a huge impact. & # 39;

However, bars and pubs have come up with an inventive new way to bypass the government curfew – opening hours earlier.

Music bars will open their doors as early as 3 p.m. on the weekend, and other venues have introduced unlimited beverage offers from 10 a.m.

It comes as a lot of people were filmed on their way home after a busy night in central London last night when all the bars in the city closed at the same time as the curfew began.

The Popworld bars in York and Liverpool are open from 4pm on Fridays and 3pm on Saturdays. The bar also offers a 50 percent discount on offers until 8 p.m.

The Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay offers a bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. with unlimited cocktails and an extended happy hour until 8 p.m.

When the updated hours were announced on Twitter, "I think we just have to start a little earlier than Boris …"

Other institutions have also encouraged drinkers to start their night earlier and test drinks and dinners on social media.

The Source Bar at the University of Central Lancashire at Preston said, “Don't forget! New coronavirus restrictions mean we close at 10 p.m. every night.

"So get downstairs early with your roommates to check out our dinner and drink deals!"

The Drapers Arms in Hackney, London, also called the drinkers.

"Our booking system will stay open until 9 pm," it said yesterday evening. “Aside from everything else, we're still a pub and you're still welcome to come and have a drink.

“We have a couple of bottles that can only last 59 minutes. I also think if you come in and sit down and order a steak and a glass we can do that. & # 39;

On Thursday's first night of curfew, London's streets filled with hundreds of revelers as all of the city's bars emptied at the same time.

Kirsty Lewis, 24, of north west London shared a video of the moment people leaving pubs and restaurants on Oxford Street, titled "10pm curfew" The busiest I've seen in central London in months .

She added, "I think most people were socially distant, or at least tried to get away from other groups – but as you can see in the video, this got a bit tricky and was a problem as they were all trying to push themselves on tubes.

“I know a lot of people were arguing about going back to their houses or apartments to have more drinks where they would normally have stayed later in the bars or restaurants.

“Also from the restaurant point of view, the owner of the place I went to seemed very upset that he had to kick people out … will obviously have limited his income.

"My friend and I actually went a few stops down to a subway station to avoid the main store. Then it wasn't too bad."

BRISTOL: Pubs and restaurants in the West Country were on curfew last night

BRISTOL: Pubs and restaurants in the West Country were on curfew last night

LONDON: Empty tables in Soho indicated revelers and facilities were obeying rules

LONDON: Empty tables in Soho indicated revelers and facilities were obeying rules

NEWCASTLE: The drinkers were left out in the cold after the pubs in the northeast had closed at 10 p.m. sharp

NEWCASTLE: The drinkers were left out in the cold after the pubs in the northeast had closed at 10 p.m. sharp

Health experts today viewed reports of previous openings and cheap incentives as a "worrying development," suggesting discounted drinks may impair judgment and lead to a reduction in social distancing.

Medical researcher Dr. Stephen Griffin told MailOnline, “I fully understand that businesses are struggling and that the hospitality industry has been hit hard. It is understandable that this policy may require venues to resort to these measures.

“Although table service can limit some interactions, it doesn't make much sense to enforce early closing times when opening the same number of people at a particular facility.

“If cheap alcohol is also offered, it can impair judgment and lead to reduced compliance with social distancing.

“We need to remember that ventilation and the wearing of face coverings are key factors in preventing the transmission of Covid-19. These factors should all be taken into account by all of us when visiting restaurants – wearing a mask is obviously not an option when eating and drinking, perhaps guests should be asked to wear it while they move around, e.g. B. when they come or go or go to the bathroom.

"Outdoor seating is obviously the best solution given the rule of six, social distancing and good hygiene."

He added that he was struggling with the idea of ​​closing the venues at 10pm because "it is feared that it will just compress the hours of people socializing, making places busier or promoting earlier starts".

Dr. Griffin said: "I understand the intent was to prevent people from moving on to late-night venues, but that idea was later tarnished by ministers who suggested it was okay to mix up in private homes under the rule of six. "

The Popworld bars in York and Liverpool are open from 4pm on Fridays and 3pm on Saturdays. The bar also offers a 50 percent discount until 8 p.m.

The Popworld bars in York and Liverpool are open from 4pm on Fridays and 3pm on Saturdays. The bar also offers a 50 percent discount until 8 p.m.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, added: “When making decisions about how and where to socialize, it is important for each of us to remember that we are in a global pandemic and therefore our decisions should not be based on where to buy the cheapest beverage deals.

& # 39; The World Health Organization recommends limiting or avoiding alcohol during the pandemic to ensure our immune systems don't compromise.

"We must all continue to do our part to reduce the spread of coronavirus by avoiding crowded areas and maintaining social distancing."

When the rules went into effect last night, revelers heading out to enjoy a few drinks were evicted from pubs and restaurants across England at 10pm.

The Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay offers a bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. with unlimited cocktails and an extended happy hour until 8 p.m.

The Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay offers a bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. with unlimited cocktails and an extended happy hour until 8 p.m.

The night owls in Newcastle did not let the cloudy weather and the new curfew at 10 p.m. stop them from spending a night on the town

The night owls in Newcastle did not let the cloudy weather and the new curfew at 10 p.m. stop them from spending a night on the town

The night owls in Newcastle did not let the cloudy weather and the new curfew at 10 p.m. stop them from spending a night on the town

The night owls in Newcastle did not let the cloudy weather and the new curfew at 10 p.m. stop them from spending a night on the town

Chairs and tables were left empty when customers enjoying drinks with friends at outdoor tables in Soho, central London, were asked by hospitality staff to "get out to help".

Metropolitan police officers, including Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, enforced the new coronavirus restrictions as bar and restaurant staff cleared tables and chairs from the streets before 10 p.m.

Others enjoyed a drink in the pub beer gardens in London Bridge while for others the restrictions caused some cancellations as revelers feared their meals would be canceled.

"Six months" restrictions at a glance

  • All pubs, bars and restaurants in England must be closed from Thursday at 10:00 p.m., while the premises must kick all customers out by the closing date.
  • The hospitality sector will also be limited to table service only, as the government has banned drinkers taking a trip to the bar.
  • All indoor employees and customers must wear masks unless they are seated to eat or drink.
  • All employees who can work from home will be asked to do so from tomorrow.
  • The fines for disregarding the rule of six and not wearing a mask increase to £ 200 for first offenses.
  • Police will now have the option to call on the military for assistance, with soldiers possibly being drafted to guard protected locations so officers have more time to take action against rule violations.
  • The number of people allowed to attend weddings in England will be reduced to 15 from Monday, but the number of people allowed to attend a funeral will remain at 30;
  • Plans for partial return of sports fans to the stadiums have been halted;
  • The six rule exemption is tightened to ban indoor team sports such as five-on-five soccer games

In Preston, Leeds, Brighton, and Newcastle, students celebrating their first semester at university – jumping for joy at having even enjoyed part of the nightlife – took boxes of drinks home with them.

The tough measures, which also prohibit customers from ordering at the bar, were imposed by the government this week amid Tory fears Boris Johnson would prepare for a second national lockdown.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, who leads the Met's response to the pandemic, said: “The vast majority of Londoners have obeyed the rules and responded positively to the unprecedented situation we find ourselves in. We thank them for that.

“Over the past few months, we have continued to take steps to protect the public, even as the rules have been relaxed. Officials have worked hard to handle challenging incidents such as unlicensed music events throughout the summer – sometimes with extreme animosity and even violence. In many cases, we have proactively and successfully promoted these events to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

“It is clear, however, that everyone must do everything again to minimize the risk of transmitting a potentially fatal disease. This means that everyone follows the rules. Our officials will help people and explain to the public what these rules are. However, they will also stand firm and take appropriate action against those who simply refuse to obey the law and deliberately endanger the communities.

& # 39; We urge the public to continue reporting serious violations to us through the 101 phone system or through our online reporting system. However, we should all bear in mind that there are a number of exceptions to the rules that can apply to any situation, so an obvious violation may not be as it appears, and not every phone call elicits an immediate police response.

"Additionally, demands on the Met due to crime, non-Covid-related antisocial behavior and protests are returning to pre-Covid levels so we will continue to respond to them alongside the pandemic to keep Londoners safe."

Just hours after the Prime Minister's announcement on Tuesday, food companies slowly recovering from months of lockdown faced a wave of cancellations from affected customers.

Metropolitan police officers in face masks and yellow safety vests enforced the new coronavirus restrictions while bar and restaurant workers cleared tables and chairs from the streets

Metropolitan police officers have enforced the new coronavirus restrictions in Soho, London, while bars and restaurants have closed

30-year-old George Madgwick, who runs The Wicks Bistro in Cosham, Portsmouth, told MailOnline that he had quickly received eight cancellations from worried guests who had booked tables late at night.

Mr Madgwick, who was founded in February, said: “People are in no hurry and are concerned that it is not the last 10pm orders but all out the door at 10pm. It took away our ability to do three sessions in one night.

“Around 50 percent of our business is done at 7:30 pm, and we get around 20 to 25 percent for tables at 5:00 pm. So the tables at 8.45pm make up about 20 to 25 percent of our nightly business.

"We've had eight cancellations since the announcement and in the past 24 hours we haven't had any bookings after 8.30pm when we normally would have three or four."

Who will pay for Rishi's £ 5 billion giveaway? The Chancellor hints at tax hikes as he reveals that workers will receive 80 percent of the salaries in a new £ 300 million monthly program for a third of their hours – but warns that he "cannot save every job".

Rishi Sunak hinted today that tax hikes will be necessary to fund the coronavirus crisis after unveiling a new package of measures to keep the UK economy alive through the winter, as economists estimated the latest handouts were $ 5 billion Could cost pounds.

The Chancellor announced his winter economic plan at lunchtime in the House of Commons as he put his hopes of avoiding massive job losses in the coming months on a wage subsidy system that will replace holidays.

With Mr. Sunak's employment promotion program, the government will increase pay for people who can only work part-time in "viable jobs".

The multi-billion pound support package was also included Further VAT cuts for the hospitality and retail sectors, and the expansion of emergency loan programs for businesses in difficulty.

Economic research firm Capital Economics calculated that Mr Sunak's new business bailout could cost £ 5 billion, bringing the total cost of government Covid-19 support to potentially around £ 200 billion.

Mr Sunak was asked at a press conference on Downing Street this afternoon about how the UK is going to pay for the crisis and he signaled that tax hikes might be on the way as he said he will likely have to make tough decisions in the future We are coming on the way back to sustainability. "

Mr Sunak had previously told MPs that Britain "must endure and live with the uncertainty of the moment," which means "getting to know our new frontiers" – but he insisted, "oYour life can no longer be put on hold.

The closure of the government's vacation program in late October has sparked dire warnings of layoffs in the coming months, but the Treasury Department has now decided to focus its fiscal firepower on saving jobs that have a future rather than "zombies" which don't.

Mr Sunak said the UK must face "the compromises and tough choices that the coronavirus brings" and that "in reopening the economy it is fundamentally wrong to keep people in jobs that only exist while on vacation".