Coronavirus Tier 2 Restrictions on Household Mixing in Restaurants

London will go into tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from Saturday 17 October, placing new obligations on restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafes. Here’s what that means for dining out in the city:


Indoor dining under tier 2 coronavirus restrictions

  • Can people living in the same household eat or drink together at the same table inside?
    Yes.
  • Can people in the same support bubble eat or drink together at the same table inside?
    Yes.
  • Can people from separate households or bubbles eat or drink together at the same table inside?
    No.
  • Can people from separate households or bubbles book separate tables and eat and drink together at the same time inside?
    Yes, but they could not interact at each other’s table, and loud talking/shouting has been shown to increase the possibility of aerosol transmission of COVID-19.
  • Will restaurants, pubs, and bars demand proof that groups are constituted of households and/or bubbles?
    This is at the restaurant’s discretion. It is worth remembering that hospitality workers are implicitly being asked to enforce public health rules, which is a serious, unprecedented burden that requires cooperation and respect from diners.

Outdoor dining under tier 2 coronavirus restrictions

  • Can people living in the same household eat or drink together at the same table outside
    Yes.
  • Can people in the same support bubble eat or drink together at the same table outside?
    Yes.
  • Can people from separate households or support bubbles eat or drink together at the same table outside?
    Yes, provided the total booking is no greater than six people.
  • Can people from separate households or support bubbles book separate tables and eat and drink together at the same time outside?
    Yes, provided the total booking is no greater than six people per table.
  • Does a terrace or outdoor area that can only be accessed by going inside the restaurant count as outdoor dining?
    Yes.

Dining under tier 2 coronavirus restrictions

  • Does the 10 p.m. hospitality curfew still apply?
    Yes.
  • Do the rules on wearing a mask when not seated at a table to eat or drink still apply?
    Yes.
  • Do the rules on table service only at restaurants and pubs still apply?
    Yes.
  • Is takeaway still permitted?
    Yes.
  • Can food delivery still continue past 10 p.m.?
    Yes.
  • Do pubs have to serve food alongside alcohol in order to stay open?
    No. That only applies to tier 3 coronavirus restrictions.

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