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A Message From Your Government To Remind You Of Their New Rules On Serving Alcohol And Food

NOW - a message from your government to remind you of their new rules on serving alcohol and food.

Read this , run a Christmas quiz or write to your MP suggesting a total UK wide lockdown for the sake of the life of the nation’s people

I honestly think two weeks of lockdown would be easier to observe than this lot of complicated  rule and regs.

(some of the opinions expressed in this news are personal to the editor and do not necessarily reflect those of AFO)

So here we go…… and be ready for a lock down in January !!

Tier Review - the first review of all tier allocations will be on 16 December.

Any changes will be laid out soon after and a full list of the tier allocations will be published on gov.uk.  The following review will take place by 30 December:

Outdoor events catering
•             In tiers 1 and 2:
Where there is a seating in an adjacent area to a stall or outlet that is serving food and drink, and customers will be using it, their orders must be taken and served at the table if the stall or outlet sells alcohol.  Where the sale of alcohol is not offered, customers will need to be seated when eating but can order food from the counter.  Customers eating and drinking at tables outdoors will need to sit in groups of up to 6 people (unless they are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6).  Signs should be put up to remind customers to only interact with their group.

•             In tier 2:
Businesses selling food and drink must only operate as if they were a restaurant.
This means alcohol can only be served with substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal.  Where there is a seating in an adjacent area to a stall or outlet that is serving food and drink, and customers will be using it, their orders must be taken and served at the table if the stall or outlet sells alcohol.  Where the sale of alcohol is not offered, customers will need to be seated when eating but can order food from the counter.  Customers eating and drinking at tables outdoors will need to sit in groups of up to 6 people (unless they are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6).  Signs should be put up to remind customers to only interact with their group.

•             In tiers 1 and 2:
Where there is no seating available, the stall or outlet will be providing a takeaway service. The customer can order their food and drink including alcohol to eat and drink anywhere in the outdoor setting.  Customers should be reminded to adhere to safe social distancing when queuing for food and drink by putting up signs or introducing a one-way system that customers can follow or employing extra marshals to enforce this.  Customers eating and drinking in the outdoor setting should not gather in groups of more than 6 people.

•             In Tier 3:
Businesses selling food and drink (including alcohol) must close, but can sell food and non-alcoholic drinks through takeaway, click-and-collect, drive through or delivery. Outdoor stalls can offer food and drink as a takeaway service, but alcohol may only be sold as delivery or click and collect.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 12th Dec 2020 12:09:00

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