News New regulations move England into Step 2 for reopening on Monday 12th and allow payment inside for pubs and bars

The ‘Steps’ regulations are amended with a green light for payment indoors

  • Date: 09 April 2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Local Authority Enforcement Powers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were made today, coming into effect on Monday 12th April.  They amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (“Steps Regulations”), moving England from Step 1 to Step 2, effectively allowing reopening of hospitality outdoors as per the Government’s Step 2 in England with effect from 12th April 2021.

The new regulations also amend paragraph 9 of Schedule 2 to clarify that customers may enter premises serving alcohol to pay for their food and drink – an important amendment as this relaxation is now the law rather than just guidance. 

The new regulations also make minor amendments to the definition of “linked household”, clarify which facilities may remain open in campsites, caravan parks and self-contained holiday accommodation, and make other minor amendments and corrections to the Steps Regulations.