When can you drink inside pubs in the UK?

Pubs Serving Drinks On May 17

Pubs and restaurants in England will be allowed to reopen indoors from Monday 17 May.

In step three of the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, restrictions on social mixing will be lifted and customers will be allowed to sit indoors when dining.

According to government advice, strict Covid safety guidelines will still apply. Here’s what you can expect as lockdown rules ease.

Customer numbers

The rule of six or two households in a gathering will apply.

Groups beyond the legal limits will not be served indoors.

Test and Trace

Customers will need to provide contact details to help the NHS Test and Trace system. It will be a legal requirement that these details are recorded.

Pubs will also need to have a system in place to ensure information can be collected from customers who do not have a smartphone or don’t want to use the app.

Ordering food

No substantial meal will be required for customers to enjoy a drink inside, but customers will need to order, eat and drink while seated to avoid queues at the bar.

When customers are out of their seats – for example, to be shown to their table or going to the bathroom – a face covering will need to be worn and social distancing guidelines will need to be adhered to.

Face masks

Customers will be required to wear face coverings inside premises, other than when seated at a table to eat or drink.