Plans for family get-together at Christmas "make a mockery of pub rules"

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Plans to ease rules for household mixing during the festive season have been brand as a "mockery" of restrictions being set in place for pubs and a wider hospitality industry.

Government guidelines released Tuesday stipulate people should not fulfill up to three hours of Christmas Eve duty from 23-27 December in pubs, hotels, retail deals, theatres or restaurants.

This is despite the festive bubbles allowing those who want to spend the night inside to actually visit one another.

The rules for inside sessions hinge on the level of restrictions in place for venues in England.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the Traders "Association, which represents brewers and pubs, said:" These plans for Christmas make a mockery of the additional restrictions on pubs and the economic devastation they will face this Christmas.

Labour MP Emma Hardy, who represents Kingston upon Hull West the Hessle, asked on Twitter: 'Why' can't families get together in a restaurant in the Christmas Day recuperation period?

Our hospitation sector will never recover if it misses retailers at this crucial stage."

Ms Hardy said she had raised questions with the government about the "basis for proof" in the decision.