THE 'C-BOMB'

Covid and the reopening of pubs

If you plan on a pub jaunt, especially with kids in tow, please contact the venue directly before making the trip to make yourself aware of any restrictions that may be in place.

Many pubs now require booking of tables; have reduced or restricted opening times; require pre-ordering of food and drink; and some may well have changed their policies on children being welcome. Whilst we have tried our best to keep the information on our site up to date, as this is an ever-changing environment, we advise you double check with the pub directly before making a visit. While pubs slowly emerge from hibernation and figure out these new procedures, it’s worth remembering that for some the closure is more permanent.

Information below is taken from the BBC and Government Road Map.

What are the rules in England

Stage two (from 12 April):

More businesses will open, but indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups. Outside, six people or two households can meet.

  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in England in self-contained accommodation

Stage three (no earlier than 17 May):

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Domestic overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Up to 30 people can attend weddings or other life events, like christenings
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment, such as outdoor theatres and cinemas can open
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres, cinemas and children's play areas can open
  • Performances and large events can restart, but with limits on audience numbers
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen

Stage four (no earlier than 21 June):

  • It's hoped all legal limits on social contact will be removed
  • No legal limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and other life events
  • Nightclubs will be allowed to reopen

What are the rules in Wales?

From Monday 26 April:

  • Outdoor hospitality, including cafes, pubs and restaurants can open

From Monday 3 May:

  • Organised outdoor activities and wedding receptions for up to 30 people can resume

From Monday 17 May:

  • Children's indoor activities can resume
  • Organised indoor activities for adults, limited to a maximum of 15 people; this includes exercise classes

Pubs, cafes and restaurants could be allowed to reopen indoors in time for the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May – but a decision won't be taken until at least 17 May.

How are lockdown rules changing in Scotland?

From 26 April:

  • Travel within mainland Scotland allowed
  • Up to six people from up to three households can socialise outdoors (six 12 to 17-year-olds can meet socially from six households outdoors)
  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place, such as a cafe or restaurant, but alcohol can't be served
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until 20:00 indoors (no alcohol) and 22:00 outdoors (alcohol permitted); takeaway food can be collected indoors
  • Tourist accommodation can open with restrictions in place

From 17 May:

  • All areas of Scotland in level three should move to level two
  • Hospitality venues return to “greater normality", possibly serving alcohol indoors until 22:30. Customers may be asked to book two-hour slots. Alcohol can be served outdoors until 22:00
  • Small outdoor and indoor events can resume, with restrictions

Early June:

  • It's hoped all areas of Scotland in level two will move to level one
  • Up to six people from up to three households can socialise indoors
  • Up to eight people from three households can socialise outdoors (Eight 12 to 17-year-olds from eight households can meet socially outdoors)
  • Hospitality can remain open until 23:00

Late June:

  • It's hoped all areas of Scotland in level one will move to level zero

How are lockdown rules changing in Northern Ireland?

What can I already do?

Hospitality is only allowed to offer takeaway and delivery services. The use of outdoor seating is not permitted either on the premises or adjacent to them. Off-licences (including from bars) are permitted from 08:00 on Monday to Saturday, and from 10:00 on Sunday, until 20:00 on any day.