The government has made a partial U-turn on its ban on takeaway beer from pubs during the lockdown in England.

The new lockdown regulations allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises, as long as it has been ordered in advance online, by phone or by post.

The customer can collect their beers or other drinks provided that they do “not enter inside the premises to do so”.

James Calder, chief executive of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), said: “This isn’t quite what we wanted, but is a victory for our industry and for common sense.”

The guidance also clarifies that brewery shops can operate as off-licences and can sell bottled and canned beer for takeaway without pre-ordering.

In the House of Commons on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government would not allow takeaway alcohol from pubs and bars.

“The answer is there’s a budget of measures we need to bring together to bring the R [rate] down and when you start unpicking a lot of the rest of it comes out,” he said, when asked why pubs weren’t allowed to sell takeaway alcohol.

“The people of this country want to put human life first and to save as many lives as possible,” he added.

“But if we enforce these measures properly then we should be able to get the R down as I described and have businesses able to open up again.”