Earlier this week Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a curfew for businesses within the hospitality sector. Restaurants, pubs and bars will now have to close by 10pm, in a move the Government hopes will help contain the spread of coronavirus.
In recent weeks the UK has seen a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases recorded, prompting concerns about a second wave of infections.
Public Health England said today (Thursday, September 24) a further 6,634 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed – the highest number of daily cases in the UK since the start of the pandemic.
Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director at Public Health England, said: “This is the highest number recorded and a stark warning for us all.
Face coverings will need to be worn while visiting a hospitality venue, but do not have to be worn while eating or drinking.
The new rules will come into force from Thursday and will be in place for the foreseeable future.
The PM has warned the current lockdown rules could remain in place for at least six months if cases of coronavirus do not decrease.
The introduction of the restricted opening hours comes into place in England from Thursday this week, but lockdown rules may differ in other regions of the UK.
Can you still get a takeaway after 10pm?
Takeaway services have been included in the Government’s new curfew rule, meaning you will not be able to pick up a takeaway after 10pm.
However, delivery services will still be able to operate after 10pm under the new rules.
You will also be able to use drive-thrus at your favourite fast-food venues, such as McDonald’s and KFC.
The Government said: “Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so as long as this is through delivery service or drive-thru.”