The new local lockdown rules in Birmingham come into play as of Tuesday 15th September. Here’s what you need to know re dining out:
Please note the below info has been edited since publication in line with the updated government advice. Anything marked with * has been edited.
– Local lockdown means you can’t have people (outside of your household or bubble) in your home or garden. This includes parties, bbqs, orgies etc.
– * You can still eat out and drink in venues across the city. This is exactly the same as the updated national lockdown rules. You will need a face covering until you’re seated at a table.
– Groups are limited to 6 when out and households can be mixed. You will not be able to book two tables of 6 next to each other and you shouldn’t ask to push tables together or assume you’re entitled to do it yourself in a pub.
– You can still go boozin (havin a few laughs – niche Chicago reference I’m aware will go over a lot of heads) but again you can only be in a group up to 6. Social distancing will likely be more enforced by staff.
– Currently you can combine households in hospitality venues; this means you could meet up 5 friends from 5 households. I have a feeling that may change at some point if things don’t improve, but not yet.
– The same rules apply to hotels, cafes, coffee shops, tea rooms etc as they do to bars, pubs and restaurants. Use common sense.
– * A 10pm curfew is now in place for pubs, bars and restaurants. You must be seated at all times (eg no standing in/outside bars with friends) and a face covering is required when moving around.
– You can still meet up to 5 friends or family to picnic in the park but you must follow social distancing rules. I wouldn’t lick the playground swings either…
– Support venues you care about surviving this. They need you. Also choose places that are following guidelines and putting safety as a priority – we all need to work together now if we want this to end!
Summary: The changes are currently pretty much the same as nationally, except you can’t socialise at home at all. Wash your hands, remember social distancing matters, don’t be a dick.
More information can be found via the local government website. I’ll update this as and when anything changes to the local lockdown rules in Birmingham.