Tip of the Week

So, the blanket lockdown ends on 2nd December in England and then, depending on what Tier you are in, you can reopen your hospitality business. 

What are the requirements and restrictions?

On Thursday 26 November, the Tier locations will be published so we will know what restrictions will apply to our hospitality businesses.  Based on current advice for England, there will be three Tiers with the following requirements per tier –

Tier One

Hospitality businesses can fully open with the following restrictions in place:

  • Last orders at 10pm with an hour to finish drinks/food – doors closed at 11pm (Takeaway & Delivery can continue after 10pm)
  • Rule of 6 – maximum 6 people per table – indoors and outdoors
  • Face coverings to be worn by all Front of House Staff (provide face visors if face masks cannot be worn)
  • Face coverings to be worn by all customers unless seated at table
  • Table service only
  • One way system wherever possible
  • Hand sanitiser available for customer use including at entrance and outside toilet areas
  • Track and Trace in place – customers to scan NHS QR Code (otherwise need to write down customer details and keep for 21 days)

Tier Two

  • As per Tier One plus:
    • Pubs and restaurants must close unless operating as a restaurant (ie. drinks can only be served with substantial meals).
    • Number of persons per table indoors – party must be from same household or support bubble (don’t ask how we manage this!).
    • Maximum number of people per table outside is 6 – from any number of households

Tier Three

  • Hospitality businesses are closed except for Takeaway or Delivery
  • Accommodation (hotels etc) are closed except of those who use these as their main residence.


A “substantial meal” is classed as a main meal so, if serving a snack type dish like a pasty with a drink, it would also need a side (side salad or chips, etc).

Weekly Food Fact

Potatoes are at their very best in November.  Did you know that potatoes were the very first vegetable grown in space!