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Night clubs open their doors at 3pm with half price drinks


Nightclubs will open their doors as early as 3 p.m., while other venues have rolled out unlimited beverage offers from 10 a.m. to help clear Boris Johnson's curfew.

The Prime Minister's decision to order pubs, bars and restaurants to close at 10 p.m. went into effect last night, causing numerous venues across England to miss vital early morning service.

Under the tough new measures, companies are only allowed to offer table service and they are forced to kick customers out of their premises before the limit or risk a fine.

But many venues across the country have responded by simply opening earlier to make up for the lost hours, and revelers can go to nightclubs in the afternoon.

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.

Revelers gather on the streets of Soho, London last night as new restrictions on bars and restaurants are put in place to contain the spread of the coronavirus

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.

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;

People were drinking outside a bar in Soho last night, on the first day of the new earlier closings for pubs and bars in England

People were drinking outside a bar in Soho last night, on the first day of the new earlier closings for pubs and bars in England

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.

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."

Late night drinkers after 10pm on Tuesday (left) in Soho, London compared to the same time last night (right)

Late night drinkers after 10pm on Tuesday (left) in Soho, London compared to the same time last night (right)

Late night drinkers after 10pm on Tuesday (left) in Soho, London compared to the same time last night (right)

Late night drinkers after 10pm on Tuesday (left) in Soho, London compared to the same time last night (right)

Police officers marched through Soho in central London, enforcing new coronavirus restrictions around 10 p.m.

Police officers marched through Soho in central London, enforcing new coronavirus restrictions around 10 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

Young night owls in Leeds make their way into the evening after pubs and restaurants had to close for the first time at 10 p.m.

Young night owls in Leeds make their way into the evening after pubs and restaurants had to close for the first time at 10 p.m.

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. "

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.

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.

Police enforced new coronavirus restrictions under a sign that read "Get out to help" in Soho, London.

Police enforced new coronavirus restrictions under a sign that read "Get out to help" in Soho, London.

Policemen in face masks and yellow safety vests enforced coronavirus restrictions in Soho, London

Policemen in face masks and yellow safety vests enforced coronavirus restrictions in Soho, London

In Preston and Leeds, students celebrating their first semester at university - jumping for joy because they had even enjoyed part of the nightlife - took home boxes of drinks

In Preston and Leeds, students celebrating their first semester at university – jumping for joy because they had even enjoyed part of the nightlife – took home boxes of drinks

Staff at Cecconi's Pizza Bar in Soho, London, are tidying up tables and stacking chairs as they close ahead of England's new curfew at 10pm

Staff at Cecconi's Pizza Bar in Soho, London, are tidying up tables and stacking chairs as they close ahead of England's new curfew at 10pm

The pubs have kicked their drinkers out so they can clean up for the night before the new government curfew at 10 p.m. in England

The pubs have kicked their drinkers out so they can clean up for the night before the new government curfew at 10 p.m. in England

People piled out of Cecconi's Pizza Bar in London as restaurants closed their doors ahead of the new 10 p.m. curfew in England

People piled out of Cecconi's Pizza Bar in London as restaurants closed their doors ahead of the new 10 p.m. curfew in England

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

Huge crowds of night owls took shelter on the streets of Newcastle in the storm as the pubs closed before the 10pm curfew

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

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 were imposed by the government this week amid Tory fears Mr Johnson is preparing 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.

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;

“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.

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."

Mr Madgwick said the cost to the company could be around £ 300 a night, but added that the biggest impact the curfew will have on its employees. He said, "Instead of working until 11.30pm, everything has to close at 10pm so it's closer to 10:15 pm, which is an hour and a quarter fewer hours a day."

Meanwhile, Dean Mac, owner and founder of Manchester Cocktail Bar 186, said he lost his business following the curfew announcement: “The 10pm curfew essentially means our bookings have been cut in half.

“We had to track every booked guest and make them aware of the changes, including changing our entire infrastructure so we could try to open and stay up and running earlier. Essentially, we had to cancel 50 percent of our reservations as they often happen around 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM.

To us it felt like some form of normalcy was returning and we found our feet again just to pull the rug out from under us. It seems that the hospitality industry has been used as a scapegoat. & # 39;

Another, Jennifer Hughes, Brand Partner at Peru Perdu in Manchester, said: & # 39; We had to cancel a lot of bookings and changed our last seat time to 7.30pm – which effectively cut our capacity in half. Some customers have canceled due to fear of the latest announcement and are concerned about dining out together. & # 39;

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

Revelers rushed out of Newcastle pubs and took to the streets as pubs and restaurants closed before the 10pm curfew

Revelers rushed out of Newcastle pubs and took to the streets as pubs and restaurants closed before the 10pm curfew

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

Police were patrolling the streets of Soho, London to enforce the new coronavirus restrictions when the 10 p.m. curfew began

Police were patrolling the streets of Soho, London to enforce the new coronavirus restrictions when the 10 p.m. curfew began

Officers marched through Soho, London, while revelers enjoyed drinks on the streets ahead of the 10pm curfew

Officers marched through Soho, London, while revelers enjoyed drinks on the streets ahead of the 10pm curfew

On Tuesday, the Prime Minister tabled a series of measures to tackle the virus, which so far has killed more than 40,000 people and infected more than 400,000 people in the UK.

As well as the curfew that Mr Johnson is adamant that the premises all their customers up to the limit, the The hospitality sector will also be limited to table service only, as the government has banned drinkers taking a trip to the bar.

"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

All indoor retail workers and indoor hospitality customers must wear masks – except when they are sitting to eat or drink – while all employees who can work from home will be encouraged to do so starting tomorrow.

The fines for violating the Rule of Six and missing face covering increase to £ 200 for a first offense.

Police will now have the option to call on the military for assistance, possibly with soldiers being drafted to guard protected areas so that officers have more time to take action against rule violations.

Members of the government's emergency scientific advisory group (Sage) said the curfew would not be enough to slow the rate of infection.

However, Mr. Johnson insisted that his approach was based on an attempt to "balance saving lives with protecting jobs and livelihoods".

However, he said he reserved the right to "use greater firepower" if necessary.

Dominic Raab said a second national lockdown could be needed to control the spread of the coronavirus if the latest measures don't work.

He told Sky News on Wednesday: “We always said we have some sort of repository for actions in the arsenal. I don't think we'd speculate on what else could be done.

"But the reality is they will be more intrusive or we could get caught in a national lockdown." We want to avoid that. & # 39;

The Foreign Minister added that a national lockdown may not be required at Christmas if "everyone is playing by the rules".

He said: "Let us hope that we can survive the winter months, if we take these measures and if everyone obeys the rules, and we go into the Christmas season without this national lockdown with all the effects on society and families. but also the damage it would do to businesses. & # 39;

Meanwhile, business bosses and hospitality groups warned of the impact of the latest restrictions, saying there are now millions of jobs pending.

They insisted that the prime minister's U-turn on his return to work message could spell the fate of warring highways as visitor numbers plummet and shops are boarded up.

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".

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