At Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine we’re delighted to see so many cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants starting to re-open, in line with the latest government advice, but we know that according to the Morning Advertiser three in five pubs remain closed.
Whilst it is very good news for the operators of those venues that can open, and equally good news for their customers who can now enjoy a drink with friends and family, we hope that the government might consider bringing forward the date for when customers can go back inside, given the success of the vaccination programme and the falling rates of infection.
If the government doesn’t change the dates of its roadmap, the next major milestone will be 17 May, when more restrictions will be lifted.
Most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted – although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the Rule of 6 (or 2 households) will continue to apply.
Indoor hospitality will re-open and venues will no longher need to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated. From 17 May, the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs, will also be able to re-open.
We hope that everyone in the leisure and hospitality will finally be able to have a good season and we look forward to continuing to help connect those who supply this dynamic sector with those looking for high quality, artisan and hand-crafted products.
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