*UPDATE 25/11/20: BIRMINGHAM IS CURRENTLY IN TIER 3 AND PUBS, BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE CLOSED*
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. Latest edit: 12/10/20.
– As of 14/10/20 Birmingham is part of the high risk restrictions, known more simply as Tier 2. You can read more about that here. Your NHS track and trace app will also let you know what risk level your area is at.
– The Birmingham local lockdown means you can’t have people (outside of your household or bubble) in your home. This includes parties, dates, book clubs, orgies etc.
– You can still eat out and drink in venues across the city. You will need a face covering until you’re seated at a table.
– Groups are limited to 6 when out and households now cannot be mixed unless you’re outside, eg a beer garden. Reminder: a household literally means who you live with.
– Bigger groups: you will not be able to book 2 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’re not.
– 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 from one household or bubble if you want to sit inside.
– Currently, as you cannot combine households inside hospitality venues in Birmingham, if you want to meet up with 5 friends it’ll have to be outside. This could be a beer garden, bar courtyard, outside a cafe or whatever but you must be seated.
– The same rules apply to hotels, cafes, coffee shops, tea rooms etc as they do to bars, pubs and restaurants in Birmingham at the moment. Use common sense.
– Some rules are the same nationally: a 10pm curfew is now in place for all pubs, bars and restaurants in England. You must be seated at all times (eg no standing in/outside bars with friends) and a face covering is required when moving around.
– Social distancing and “households” will be more enforced by staff. Don’t be a dick and make life difficult for the people working.
– What about eating together elsewhere? You can meet up to 5 friends or family to picnic in a private garden or the park but you must follow social distancing rules. I wouldn’t lick the playground swings either…
– The restrictions apply if you don’t live in Birmingham (and come from a Tier 1 area) but travel in. The rules apply to the area you’re in, not where you’re from.
– 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: Birmingham is classed as tier 2 (high risk) currently. Wash your hands, remember social distancing matters, use the NHS app and don’t be a prick to people just doing their job.
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.