When do pubs open indoors?

10 May 2021, 11:27

When will pubs open inside? (stock images)
When will pubs open inside? (stock images). Picture: Getty

When will pubs allow seating indoors under England's lockdown-easing?

Pubs in England with outdoor areas were allowed to reopen on April 12, but those that only operate inside currently remain closed.

Pubs without areas like beer gardens, terraces and rooftops, therefore, have to wait until the next stage of lockdown-lifting to welcome customers again.

Here's what we know about when that could be.

Pubs are due to open indoors next month (stock image)
Pubs are due to open indoors next month (stock image). Picture: Getty

When will pubs reopen indoors?

Pubs are due to reopen indoors on May 17 as part of the third stage of lockdown-lifting in England.

Boris Johnson will reportedly confirm that this date will go ahead in a press conference at 5pm on May 10.

Read more: Boris Johnson speech today: When is the Prime Minister's press conference and what will he say about lockdown?

What will the rules be for pubs when they reopen?

Since April 12, the 'rule of six' will apply for those sat outside. This means that six people - from up to six different households - will be able to visit together.

Table service will be in operation, and people may only enter the venue to use the toilet.

Unlike the previous lockdown, customers are not required to purchase a 'substantial meal' - and the 10pm curfew will be scrapped.

If plans go ahead on May 17, two households will be able to meet inside - or the 'rule of six' will apply to those visiting with multiple households.

The 'rule of six' will no longer be in force for those sat outside.

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