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On Monday, September 21, Boris Johnson announced a curfew on pubs, bars, and restaurants in England. These establishments have been forced to change their opening hours since Thursday, September 24, closing by 10pm. But what about takeaways?
Can you get a takeaway after 10pm?
No, you cannot get a takeaway after 10pm in England, Scotland, and Wales.
As of September 24 all hospitality venues in these countries must shut by 10pm – including takeaways.
This week a takeaway restaurant in Ilford, East London was fined £1,000 for missing the curfew by four minutes.
But there is a way around the rules if you find yourself a bit peckish after 10pm.
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Venues selling food for consumption off the premises will be allowed to do so after the curfew – but only if the order is placed through a delivery service or a drive-through.
The Scottish Government has followed suit with the rules, putting extra police on the streets of Scotland to enforce the curfew.
In Wales, there’s a little more flexibility with restaurants able to serve customers until 20 minutes either side of the curfew.
Restaurants and pubs in Northern Ireland have a later curfew, having to shut at 11pm instead.
Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster said: “The intention behind the earlier closing time is that socialising later in the evening is considered to increase the risk of virus spreading because people adhere to the rules less strictly after consuming alcohol and in venues where they are used to mixing freely.”
Supermarkets and off licences are also banned from selling alcohol after 11pm in Northern Ireland, and 10pm in Scotland and Wales.
When restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars in the UK are open, they are bound by law to offer table service only.
This means that you can’t go up to the bar and order, you’ll need to wait to be served while seated.
The venues will face penalties if caught serving customers at the bar.
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This rule is in place to prevent tables from mingling away from their tables.
Some venues have apps which allow customers to order via their phones.
This keeps customers and staff interactions down and means there is less demand on staff.
Mr Johnson has suggested this curfew will last for six months and warned the rules could be enforced by the military.
He said: “We always knew that while we might have driven the virus into retreat, the prospect of a second wave was real.
“I’m sorry to say that, as in Spain and France and many other countries, we’ve reached a perilous turning point”
On top of the curfew, other rules were announced to slow the spread of the virus.
People are being encouraged to work from home where possible to avoid contact on public transport and in the workplace.
Weddings have also been interrupted again, with the maximum number of guests at a wedding being cut from 30 to 15.
Face coverings are now mandatory for retail staff, hospitality staff, customers who are not eating, and taxi passengers.
Indoor sports with more than six people are also banned.
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