By M&C Report team2010-08-26T14:40:00+01:00
The restrictions imposed on community wet led pubs in tier 2 are “disproportionate,” “unfair,” and “wrong,” MCA’s The Conversation has heard.
Pub operators entering tier 2 face further confusion about the definition of a “substantial meal” after cabinet minister George Eustice suggested a Scotch egg could count.
Customers visiting pubs in tier 2 regions will have to leave when they finish eating, a government source has confirmed.
Police have been accused of “overzealous” enforcement of tier 2 restrictions in pubs, with landlords reporting officers arguing over “substantial meal” regulations and throwing out customers after they finished eating.
Birmingham restaurant owner Sam Morgan is set to launch a judicial review against the government, claiming it has failed to provide adequate evidence to support the closure of hospitality in tier 3 areas. Morgan, who owns restaurant concept Craft and Eight, is representing 256 businesses, mostly from the Birmingham region, under the new lobbying group ‘Birmingham Hospitality Group.’
UK Hospitality has called on the government to establish a Hospitality and Tourism Recovery Fund to support businesses without grant support and at risk of closure.
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