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"Sometimes we feel more like a police force than a bar staff": Empty tier 2 pubs say rules are impossible


The myriad of rules of life in Tier 2 of the government's coronavirus restrictions have been blown by corporations today. Pub owners said they felt more like police than bar staff.

Usually the busy main streets of the city center were exceptionally quiet as shoppers, workers and drinkers avoided Manchester.

Shambles Square – usually full of afternoon drinkers – looked deserted.

The parking lots were also half empty, as many employees avoided the city commute to work from home.

The shortage of people coming to town has had a devastating effect on the pub trade.

Wayne Crowsley, 54, owner of Rovers Return in Manchester, said, “We've probably been down about 40 percent.

“When people come to the pub, we have to take our word for it that they are in the same bubble, in the same household or are colleagues.

“That's all we can do if the government doesn't decide that people have to show that they all come from the same household.

“We close on time at 10pm and we are under a lot of pressure to make sure people abide by the rules.

“Sometimes we feel more like police than bar staff.

Wayne Crowsey, landlord of Manchester & # 39; s Rovers Return, said he felt like the police

Damien Brockway said he used to take 100 employees for a beer but has now been banned under Tier 2

Damien Brockway said he used to take 100 employees for a beer but has now been banned under Tier 2

A mask that Manchester wears and now lives on the city streets in the Tier 2 area

A mask that Manchester wears and now lives on the city streets in the Tier 2 area

Shambles Square in Manchester is usually full but was abandoned around lunchtime

Shambles Square in Manchester is usually full but was abandoned around lunchtime

A mural in Manchester that today pays tribute to the NHS and was placed in the very quiet city center

A mural in Manchester that today pays tribute to the NHS and was placed in the very quiet city center

“When pubs became just table service, we stopped serving food because it was too labor intensive and employed too many people.

“We take good care of our employees, and I think it's fair to pay two-thirds of the wage when we move into Tier 3.

“What I don't think is fair is the £ 3,000 companies would receive.

“It's just a drop in the ocean when between £ 2,000 and £ 3,000 a week is on standing orders, on top of wages.

“We're in the business to make money, and losing 40 percent can mean the difference between a profit and a loss.

& # 39; Glad Andy Burnham to stand up for Manchester but I think he's wrong the two week breaker is nationwide.

"Focus on the areas where infection rates are high."

"But I have to say that the Greater Manchester Police and Salford Council have been fantastic and have given us a lot of support."

Manchester was abandoned after the government put it in Tier 2 of the coronavirus rules

Manchester was abandoned after the government put it in Tier 2 of the coronavirus rules

Andy Burnham had been dubbed "The King of the North" for his stance against Westminster

Andy Burnham had been dubbed "The King of the North" for his stance against Westminster

Wayne continued, “If we had to close, we would lose about 2,000 pounds a week.

“We could hold out for a couple of weeks, but if this continues it will be difficult.

"I can see that a lot of pubs and shops don't reopen when they have to close."

Drinker Damian Brockway, CEO of telecommunications company Amvoc, enjoyed a pint of San Miguel in the Rovers Return.

He said, “Having a beer is much more difficult now than it used to be.

“You remembered your mask, hope there's somewhere to sit and that the pub serves food.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham had said the city needed more money to survive

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham had said the city needed more money to survive

The few pedestrians in Manchester wore masks outside to ensure safety

The few pedestrians in Manchester wore masks outside to ensure safety

City guides have been enraged by the government and accused of testing systems there

City guides have been enraged by the government and accused of testing systems there

What is the difference between Tier One and Tier Two?

LEVEL ONE

Normal social distancing should be followed. Face masks in public transport and in shops, etc.

Rule of six at indoor and outdoor gatherings and curfew at 10 p.m. in pubs.

ANIMAL TWO

The tier-one rules still apply.

In addition, households are prohibited from mixing indoors.

This means that socializing in houses and bars is prohibited.

In pub gardens, private gardens and other outdoor areas, however, this is still permitted as long as the rule of six is ​​observed.

& # 39; We have three offices in the UK and a big part of the nature of the organization is the social aspect.

"We employ a lot of younger people who go to the pub regularly after work to relax and socialize."

The 53-year-old added: “As a company, we often brought up to 100 employees to the pub at lunchtime.

“We'd have a few drinks and a bite to eat – nothing too wild – and get to know her better.

& # 39; But with the restrictions, we can no longer do that.

"It's a shame because it gave everyone a lift and made them happy, and at the same time, it helped the bar trade."

28-year-old Richard Walker was having lunch with his 31-year-old colleague Rob Thompson at the Black Bull.

Stockport construction worker Richard said, “The town center has been pretty much like this since we got out of the lockdown.

“I don't think the city has recovered.

"This place is usually full, but have a look around – you can choose where to sit."

He added: “I'm not a fan of table service, can't stand at the bar or move around the pub.

& # 39; It ruined the atmosphere and takes the edge of a beer.

“We come to have a beer and have a laugh, but when the pubs are this empty you are very aware that you are making too much noise.

"I think it will only get worse when we get into winter."

Rob from Manchester said, “People are definitely staying away.

“It's too restrictive for people not to care.

“I'm not sure if it will ever be the way it was again. Once people get into the habit of going out, they start filling their time with other things.

“It's a shame because laughing with your friends in the pub always perks you up.

“You could have had a bad day, but after a few hours in the bar with your buddies messing up each other, you feel a lot better.

& # 39; Everything that's gone now. Going out for a drink should be fun. If not, people stay home. & # 39;