We were sold down the river: Liverpool landlords fear for the survival of their pubs as the city falls into coronavirus lockdown
- Liverpool bar owners are devastated when the city became a third tier Covid zone
- Pubs that do not serve food must be closed from Wednesday according to the new lockout rules
- Paula Smith, who runs The Dog House, had tears in her eyes as she feared for a living
Liverpool bar owners spoke of their devastation on Monday night as the city became England's first tier three Covid zone.
This means that pubs that don't serve food will have to close as of Wednesday under the new local lockout rules.
Paula Smith, who runs The Dog House on the city's famous Penny Lane, was in tears when she shared her fears for a living.
She said she couldn't expect her employer to return 100 percent of her wages, as it did when the pub closed in March.
Liverpool became England's first third tier Covid zone, which means pubs that do not serve food will have to close. Paula Smith (above), who runs The Dog House, shared about her fears for a living
Miss Smith told BBC News: “It's just a little worrying. It's not fair to put everything on your employer. That's not fair. & # 39;
The owner, Paul White, said the new government grant system would cost around £ 500 for venues that are about to close.
"My fixed costs are £ 2,500 a week whether we act or not," he said.
At The Grapes, where the Beatles drank at the nearby Cavern Club in the early 1960s, staff watched in horror as Boris Johnson announced on television that the city's pubs would be closing.
Karen Strickland (above) manager of The Grapes, where the Beatles used to drink, said she was "absolutely broken" after watching Boris Johnson's TV announcement
Manager Karen Strickland said, “We are all absolutely broken. We feel like the mayor and MPs sold us down the river by joining in.
When does a pub become a restaurant? Confusion as bars serving "essential" meals will not be shut down
Pubs and bars will have to close unless they can function as restaurants serving "extensive" meals when new local lockdown measures are introduced on Wednesday.
Legislation relating to “very high” level areas provides clarity on what constitutes a meal in a pub.
The regulations refer to a "dinner at the table, and the food can be expected to be served as a main lunch or dinner, or as a main course with both meals".
They add that a table meal is a meal eaten by a person seated at a table or at a counter or other structure that serves the purposes of a table rather than the service of refreshments for consumption by people used that do not sit at a table or structure that serves the purposes of a table ”.
Alcohol could be served as part of it and it will be up to the police and councils to enforce what is considered an "essential meal".
“Now people like our little pub have to close, and it's disgusting.
“Where is the evidence of pub closings? My pub is immaculate, we have disinfection stations and track and trace, we all wear masks.
“If pubs are so bad, why don't they close until Wednesday? It makes no sense. Now we are in the top row. What do we need to get out of this? We could be closed for six months.
“How can my employees survive on two thirds of their wages? They have to pay rent, feed their mouths, Christmas is just around the corner.
“Apparently, Wetherspoons can stay open because they serve food. I don't see the logic – what difference does that make? I am devastated. & # 39;
Catherine Soithongsuk, 64, a customer at the newly renovated pub, was equally appalled.
"I feel so safe here," she said. “I had to put on a mask before walking in, I had to give my details and disinfect my hands.
"Why is only Merseyside chosen for these restrictions? I feel that Liverpool is being discriminated against.
“We all have to learn to live with this virus, we have to use common sense, wash our hands and keep our distance from other people.
“If people want to go to the pub, that should be fine. Once they close, people just go to house parties instead.
& # 39; How is that safer? There will be 25 or 30 people in a room. That doesn't make sense. & # 39;
The four thirsty Beatles withdrew to the pub between performances, as the Cavern Club only sold soft drinks at the time.
The grapes reopened last year after a major renovation and were visited by Beatles fans from around the world to sit on the bench once used by four local boys on their way to global fame.
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