The news of a third national lockdown may have got 2021 off to the worst (although entirely necessary) possible start, but it’s also been compounded by the fact that pubs, bars and restaurants across England have now been hit with a new alcohol ban.
The hospitality industry has been ravaged by the pandemic, with controversial tier systems and various rules and regulations making it nearly impossible for many businesses to operate at a level that generates enough income.
Yet, several establishments across the country have managed to maintain a decent level of custom by providing takeaway alcohol options and click and collect services.
However, these services have now been banned under the new set of restrictions implemented by Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night.
The measure has been put in place to put a halt on people gathering around pubs and bars when they go to order or collect their drinks. Delivery options will still be available, however.
Delivery services are unlikely to be sustainable for many venues, though, with a large percentage having to close their doors for the foreseeable future, furloughing their staff until restrictions are lifted.
Boris Johnson explained in his address to the nation last night that the new lockdown will last until at least February half-term, with the national vaccination programme being ramped up between now and then. However, there are still reports claiming restrictions will remain in place until the end of March.