Pubs can now no longer serve alcohol even on a takeaway basis following tighter restrictions from the Government.
The further change follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement on Monday night of major restrictions on movement across the UK in order to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Pubs can only remain serving food on a takeaway basis and only if they have a restaurant facility, as food has been classified by the Government as the essential item – not alcohol. Restaurants and cafes can continue to serve takeaway food only.
Police are reminding business owners that they must close unless they are included in a very specific list of businesses that can still operate. To access the list, along with any exemptions, click here.
They also want to reassure the public that reports of pubs continuing to open are being taken seriously. Those who flout the regulations may face unlimited fines and the potential revocation of their license further down the line.
It adds that by taking this action and abiding by the social distancing measures instigated by the Government, we can all try and stop the further spread of coronavirus, so they are urging everyone to follow the advice and stay at home.