Four in five pubs unviable under new 'lockdown by stealth' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Four in five pubs unviable under new 'lockdown by stealth'

Four in five pubs across England will be rendered unviable or be forced to close under tough new restrictions as bosses accused Boris Johnson of extending lockdown “by stealth”.

Under England’s new tier system that takes effect on Wednesday, pubs and restaurants in tier 3 areas can only offer takeaways, while those in tier 2 will only be allowed to serve alcohol if it is ordered with a "substantial" meal.

Different households are also banned from socialising indoors under tier 2 rules.

According to the British Beer and Pub Association, this will prevent 30,000 of England’s 37,500 pubs from reopening or make them financially unviable.

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