So after much nail-biting - we have confirmation, London will be in tier two from Wednesday 2 December.
So what does that mean? Well, it's this:
Thinking of going out to a restaurant, pub or bar but can't keep up with all the changes and restrictions? We're here to help. On this page, you'll find the latest rules and regulations about eating and drinking in London, and we'll update it as soon as things change. Which they most certainly will.
23/11/20 - updated with more information
Just over two weeks into the lockdown, we're all already wiling it to end - but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
The government has revealed that a new-style three-tiered system will be put in place at the end of the lockdown on 2 December.
In his video statement to the
As had been heavily rumoured and "leaked" earlier on Saturday, a new national lockdown is on the way.
The lockdown will start on Thursday 5 November and is expected to last until 2 December.
This means that all hospitality - pubs, restaurants, bars and more - will have to close across the country (alongside non-essential retail). As during the last lockdown, takeaway and delivery
Another day, another shifting of the eating and drinking landscape for the pandemic age. This week, the government has just revealed three new tier levels that will cover England - and as such may have an impact on the capital's eating and drinking habits. And from today (15 October) the news is that this weekend, London will go up
We've already heard that pubs and restaurants have to close at 10pm every night from Thursday, and that table service was becoming mandatory. But there's another rule that's coming in too which was announced in the House of Commons debate today.
This time it's all about masks - namely that both diners and staff must wear masks
As London restaurants start to reopen following lockdown, many are also offering delivery to those who aren't ready to dine out just yet. Here's our guide to who's doing delivery and collection services.
In parliament today, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a series of schemes to support the beleaguered hospitality industry. They are:
The rules around the relaxing of the lockdown have been somewhat vague, as anyone who's been to Barnard Castle knows. Until yesterday, while restaurants were open for delivery, we knew that they wouldn't be opening up for diners until 4 July at the earliest. There was also no solid information about pub openings. Yesterday, that changed thanks to Boris Johnson's appearance at
Like pretty much the whole country, those working in the London hospitality industry tuned into the Prime Minister's broadcast tonight, to see if there was a sign of when restaurants and bars might be open.
And it does look as though there's a light, however flickery and faint, at the end of the tunnel. Outlining the new Covid alert system, Boris explained that if deaths and
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Well, there we have it. After days of uncertainty over the status of the hospitality industry, the Prime Minister came down firmly in today's Covid briefing. All restaurants, bar and cafes are to close as soon as possible today and they are not to reopen.
Anyone tempted to go out tonight one last time was urged not to: "You may think you're invincible but there's no guarantee you'll get
A day on from announcing that everyone should avoid going to pubs, clubs and other hospitality industry (which left the people responsible for those restaurants justifiably angry), the Prime Minister and Chancellor have been back at their podiums for a second day's
Yesterday, the government stepped up its plans for dealing with coronavirus. In his first daily briefing, the Prime Minister said it was now time to avoid non-essential contact and travel and that the British (Londoners, in particular, are weeks ahead of the rest of the country in the pandemic curve) "should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues".
This was a far cry from the clarification the hospitality industry needed and here's