Great Britain

Booze can be served at ALL HOURS in hotels in clever room service tier loophole

BOOZE can be served at ALL HOURS in hotel rooms without having to order a meal as a clever Tier loophole has been revealed.

The new Tier laws have been published today as pubs and restaurants in Tier 2 areas cannot service a pint or glass of wine unless a "substantial meal" is ordered.

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However, guests staying in hotel rooms can order drinks as room service at all hours without having to order a meal.

The latest rules say that alcohol provided by a hotel as part of room service "is not to be treated as being provided for consumption on its premises".

Another place alcohol can be consumed at anytime is on a plane.

It comes as 32 million Brits set to be stuck in Tier 2 restrictions this week are allowed to finish up the bottle at pubs and restaurants - but then they have to leave.

The guidance states that alcohol can only be served "as part of" a meal - but does not specifically tell pubs to stop taking drinks orders after food is finished.

A substantial meal is defined as a "breakfast, main midday or main evening" meal.

Downing Street has previously clarified that means a packet of crisps would not count as a main meal.

The substantial meal clause “does not apply where alcohol is being provided to a customer at a cinema, theatre, concert hall or sportsground.”

It adds that booze needs to be “ordered by, and served to, a customer who has a ticket for an exhibition of a film, a performance or an event of training or competition at the venue, to consume in the area where the audience is seated to watch the exhibition, performance or event.”

Under the new rules, 4,000 fans are allowed to watch sport in outdoor venues in Tier 1, while 2,000 fans are allowed in Tier 2 areas, or up to 50 per cent capacity – whichever is lower.

And theatres and cinemas can seat up to 1000 people indoors or again up to half the venues seating limit.

Venues in Tier 3 will have to remain closed.

But fans of Premier League and EFL football clubs won’t be able to enjoy a pint as booze is still banned at grounds under the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol, etc) Act 1985.

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