Updated 9 November 2020
With effect from 00:01 on Monday 9 November 2020 new national rules came into force in Wales following the end of the firebreak.
Read below for information specific to alcohol licensed premises in Wales:
Pubs, Bars, Restaurants and Cafes (licensed)
- walk-ins should be kept to a minimum;
- pre-booking is advisable with details of all members of the group being taken on booking and identity verified upon arrival;
- access – all access should be via a controlled point of access, where proof of identity and proof of address can be verified (1. for track and trace purposes, 2. to confirm that larger groups are all from a single household and, 3. if your premises lies close to the Wales/England border, to confirm that customers are resident in Wales). NB – the premises must take reasonable steps to ensure that contact details provided by customers are correct for track and trace purposes;
- table service only (including premises who only serve alcohol) – customers must remain seated when ordering, being served and consuming food and drink;
- time limits – each group of customers should be given a time limit, for example, the group may have a table for no more than 2 hours;
- physical distancing measures should be applied, such as tables being spaced out;
- a maximum of up to 4 people from different households (not including any children aged under 11) are permitted to socialise;
- larger single households are permitted provided the group gives proof of address;
- face coverings must be worn by all staff and customers (other than when seated to eat or drink), unless the person is under 11 years of age or has a reasonable excuse;
- there will be no live music and recorded music should be limited to background music only
- Sales of alcohol are not permitted between 10pm and 6am and premises licensed for the sale of alcohol must close by 10:20 pm;
- Licensed premises can offer takeaway or delivery services after 10 pm but this must not include the takeaway or delivery sale of alcohol;
Nightclubs are currently still not permitted to open.
Off-licences (including supermarkets)
- Off licences (including supermarkets) must also stop selling alcohol at 10 pm this includes deliveries of alcohol after 10 pm (via, a delivery app, for example).
- Hotel restaurants and bars are now permitted to open, following the guidance set out for restaurants and bars, above
- Room service can be provided after 10 pm but not including alcohol