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Matt Hancock dodges questions on 'substantial meal' loophole as savvy landlords reveal Tier 2 plans

Added 12-02-20 02:36:03pm EST - “Downing Street has given the thumbs-up for so-called wet pubs - which do not normally serve meals - to team up with local fast food outlets in order to keep pulling pints.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “'Tier 2 pubs CAN team up with 'local takeaways' for meals,' says No.10”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Boris Johnson today gave his backing to savvy pub landlords who are using takeaways as a way of providing customers with a 'substantial meal'.

Downing Street has given the thumbs-up for 'wet pubs' - which do not normally serve meals - to team up with local fast food outlets in order to carry on pulling pints. 

However a spokesman said pubs must be in an agreement with 'local restaurants' in order to keep within England's new Covid Tier 2 rules.

Punters will not be allowed to bring their own food into a pub - pouring cold water on plans to use food delivery services such as Deliveroo. 

New rules, which came into force in England today, mean landlords in Tier 2 areas can only sell alcoholic beverages with a 'substantial meal'.

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