Update on the tiers, face coverings and hospitality

From Visit England:

 

Cornwall

Tier 1: Medium alert

  • Hospitality businesses – including cafes, restaurants, bars and social clubs – selling food or drink for consumption on their premises where this includes alcohol are required to provide table service only. In cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadia, alcohol can be ordered at a bar to be consumed when seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance is taking place. This should be limited to only those with tickets. When it is to be consumed in the bar area itself, full table service must be provided.
  • Hospitality venues that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their meal from a seat if eating in.
  • Tour groups must operate in line with social contact rules. This means that larger tours where groups of more than 6 interact will not be feasible.
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, holiday lets and guesthouses, may open but businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure that social contact rules are followed within their venues.

Devon

Tier 2: High alert
  • Pubs and bars may not provide alcohol for consumption on the premises, unless with a substantial meal, so they are operating as a restaurant. They may remain open for take-away services.
  • Other hospitality businesses – including cafes, restaurants and social clubs – can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. If they are a business which serves alcohol for consumption on the premises, they must be table service only. In cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadia, alcohol can be ordered at a bar to be consumed when seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance is taking place. This should be limited to only those with tickets. When it is to be consumed in the bar area itself, it must be part of a substantial meal and full table service must be provided.
  • Hospitality venues that do not serve alcohol may allow someone to order from the counter, but they must still consume their meal from a seat if eating in.
  • Casinos, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, adult gaming centres and amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities, bingo halls, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadia may open but early closure (11pm) applies.
  • Tour groups must operate in line with social contact rules. This means that larger tours where different households or support bubbles (or groups of more than 6 if outdoors) interact will not be feasible.
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, holiday lets and guesthouses, may open but businesses must take reasonable steps to ensure that social contact rules are followed within their venues. People can still travel within Tier 2 areas to hotels and other guest accommodation with people in their household or support bubble. People who live in a Tier 2 area, must continue to follow Tier 2 rules when they travel to a Tier 1 area.

Guidance for the Christmas period has been published it covers where the guidelines differ between 23-27 December and where activities will not change. Some points to note include:

  • Between 23 and 27 December, the rules on who you can meet in bars, pubs and restaurants will not change.
  • Although there are exemptions for work purposes, people must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in their tier of residence.
  • From 2 December, the rules on attending events, including performances and Christmas or other festive lighting ceremonies will depend on the tier the area is in. The rules might be different for indoor and outdoor events. Check the rules for each tier. Between 23 and 27 December, the rules on indoor events will not change. Christmas bubbles can attend outdoor events during this period.
  • Between 23 and 27 December, people may travel between tiers and other nations of the UK if necessary to meet with other households in their Christmas bubble or return home. Once at the destination, they should follow the rules in that tier.
  • People can stay in a hotel in England, including in tier 3, during the Christmas period as long as they’re staying alone or with other members of their household, or support bubble.
  • People can stay in private rented accommodation with members of their household, or their Christmas bubble.
Face covering guidance 
The guidance on face coverings has been updated with information on wearing visors, a face visor or shield may be worn in addition to a face covering but not instead of one. This is because face visors or shields do not adequately cover the nose and mouth

 

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