World News – GB – Bars in Parliament will not serve alcohol after 10 p.m., House of Commons confirms


Announcement follows reports bars of parliament would not have to abide by new Covid rule

Alcohol will not be served past 10 p.m. in parliament in a seemingly U-turn, after it emerged that House of Commons bars would be exempt from the strict early closing rules imposed across the country

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Establishments serving alcohol on parliamentary property would not have to observe the earlier closing time as they fell under the description of « workplace canteen, » The Times reported Monday

But after the development was immediately condemned by some MPs, the Commons were forced to clarify that alcohol would not be served after 10 p.m.

Derogations to the rules introduced last Thursday state that « workplace canteens may remain open where there is no practical alternative for workplace staff to obtain food »

Bar staff and Palace of Westminster patrons would not have had to follow the new, stricter face mask rules introduced for other licensed premises, and visitors to parliamentary bars would not be asked to provide their contact details at the entrance for testing and traceability

Within hours the apparent move was criticized by MPs Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner tweeted: ‘Not good, both in the hotel industry on the brink of collapse or struggling to face, they will rightly be very angry to read this We should get our own house in order before we demand that others follow the rules, people are fed up with this nonsense « 

Ghost Secretary of the Treasury Wes Streeting wrote: « This is ridiculous and makes parliament ridiculous This needs to change immediately We cannot have one rule for parliament and one rule for everyone else »

Labor MP Sarah Owen called the apparent move ‘absolutely ridiculous’, tweeting:’ I know the government has gotten used to setting one rule for some and another for everyone, but it’s another level « 

However, in a change that takes effect immediately, a House of Commons spokesperson said on Monday: « Alcohol will not be sold after 10pm anywhere on parliamentary property »

The Communes catering establishments will remain open later to serve food when the Communes are in session, all measures under review

Johnson announced new restrictions in England last week, including the 10 p.m. closing time for pubs, bars and restaurants, with venues only allowed to offer table service.The masks also have been made mandatory for retail and hospitality staff

The Pugin Room, the Foreigners ‘Dining Room, the Adjournment and the MPs’ Smoking Room are said to be among the parliament bars that reopened before the summer recess

The Parliament website boasts that Strangers’ is « a beautifully decorated event venue », saying: « Combined with the intricate wood carvings, the elaborate red flock wallpaper – designed and promoted by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-52) – provides an elegant setting for your event « 

Earlier, a House of Commons spokesperson reportedly said: “As food outlets providing workplace service to over 3,100 people working on the estate, current workplace regulations ‘reception does not apply to municipal facilities »

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