Boris Johnson apologises after he’s left fumbling over pub garden rules in north-east England



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Boris Johnson was left fumbling when asked if he could clarify regulations on pub gardens in north east England amid confusion over the rules.

Tough restrictions banning “indoor mixing between households in any setting” are being enforced on Tuesday evening to help curb the spread of coronavirus in a number of areas.

“Boris Johnson left fumbling as he’s quizzed on local lockdown rules in north-east England”

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Asked to clarify whether the restrictions extend to pub gardens, the Prime Minister tied himself in knots, seemingly referring to the rule of six.

He said: “On the rule of six, outside the areas such as the north east where extra measures have been brought in, it’s six inside, six outside.

“And in the north east or other areas where extra tight measures have been brought in, you should follow the guidance of the local authorities.

“But it is six in a home, six in hospitality, but as I understand it, not six outside. That is the situation there.”

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner branded Mr Johnson “grossly incompetent”. “For the Prime Minister to not understand his own rules is grossly incompetent,” she said.

“These new restrictions are due to come into force across huge parts of the country tonight. The Government needs to get a grip.”

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Mr Johnson later apologised. In a Tweet following his speech, he said: “Apologies, I misspoke today.”

He added: “In the North East, new rules mean you cannot meet people from different households in social settings indoors, including in pubs, restaurants and your home. You should also avoid socialising with other households outside.

“This is vital to control the spread of coronavirus and keep everyone safe. If you are in a high risk area, please continue to follow the guidelines from local authorities.”

The Department for Health and Social Care was approached for comment but no explanation was available.

However, while it is understood that pub and restaurants are not covered by the new legal restrictions, it is against Government “guidance” to meet people from other households in those settings in affected areas.

“This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions,” the guidance says.

It comes after both Downing Street and education minister Gillian Keegan were unable to say whether households could mix in pub and restaurant gardens under the new regulations.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The Department of Health are setting out the full details of the steps they announced last night later on today.”

Pressed about the confusion, the spokesman added: “It is the

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Minister doesn’t know whether it’s legal to meet a friend in a pub garden in locked down North East England

A MINISTER caused confusion this morning after she was unable to say if new laws banning people from meeting friends from different households would apply outside.

In a chaotic interview today Gillian Keegan said she didn’t know whether people were still allowed to meet up with others outside from tomorrow, when the locked down North East faces an even tougher crackdown.

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Gillian Keegan today couldn't confirm whether the fines will apply to pub gardens

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Gillian Keegan today couldn’t confirm whether the fines will apply to pub gardens

Parts of the North East of England including Sunderland, Durham, Newcastle and Northumberland will be outlawed from popping around to visit a friend for a cup of tea, or seeing their parents for lunch out in any public setting, Matt Hancock said yesterday.

As The Sun exclusively revealed, it means they will face fines for breaking the rules, and possibly get a criminal record.

But Ms Keegan was today unable to say whether friends could meet up in a pub garden, or other outdoor settings such as a park.

She told Radio 4’s Today programme: “Sorry I can’t answer that question, I don’t represent the North East… I didn’t want to make a mistake”.

The Chicester MP said: “I’m sorry, I can’t clarify that.

“I just don’t have the details of those seven areas.”

The Department of Health confirmed to The Sun today that people will only face fines if they meet with others in indoor settings.

The North East’s guidance says that people should not socialise with people they don’t live with in any public space – meaning pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops or elsewhere.

The household mixing rules will be put into law as of 00.01 tomorrow.

The level of fines is not yet clear.

 

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Police are called to a funeral wake in a pub garden

The ‘snitching’ begins! Police are called to a funeral wake in a pub garden after mourners were pictured ‘not socially distancing’

  • Officers visited the Old Crown in Wigston after resident claimed no distancing
  • Landlady Sue Humphries said she had been hosting a wake for around 30 people
  • She added that ‘all our customers were in groups of six and spaced apart’ 

Police were called to a funeral wake inside a pub garden after mourners were pictured appearing to break social distancing rules amid the Government’s ‘rule of six’.

Officers visited the Old Crown in Wigston, Leicestershire yesterday after a local resident called them to claim people were not following coronavirus guidelines. 

Police called the pub twice and spoke to the landlady Sue Humphries before turning up unannounced to check that the rules were being followed.  

A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: ‘Police received a call just after 1.30pm yesterday reporting concerns in relation to a number of people gathering at a premises in Moat Street, Wigston, and that Covid-19 guidelines were being breached.

‘Officers have engaged with staff and others at the concerned premises who co-operated with police to ensure guidelines were being followed.’

Officers visited the Old Crown in Wigston, Leicestershire yesterday after a local resident called them to claim people were not following coronavirus guidelines. Pictured: The wake

Officers visited the Old Crown in Wigston, Leicestershire yesterday after a local resident called them to claim people were not following coronavirus guidelines. Pictured: The wake

The resident who called the police took a video of people drinking outside at the back of the pub.

‘I was concerned at what I saw,’ she said. ‘There appeared to be a large group of people drinking outside the pub and they looked quite close to each other.

‘I felt I had to alert the police in case rules were being broken. I felt it was my public duty to report this and I would do the same again.’

Ms Humphries claimed she hosted a wake for 30 people on behalf of a local resident which started at 10.45am.

‘The police called me twice to check that my customers were following the coronavirus rules,’ she said.

‘I spoke to all of customers to remind them of the rules but we always ensure that the rules are being followed properly at all times. All our customers were in groups of six and spaced apart.

‘After the two calls the police just turned up at the pub. They asked us to move some people from the back of the pub to the front to help with social distancing so we did.

‘They left satisfied that no rules were being broken.

Police called the pub (pictured) twice and spoke to the landlady Sue Humphries then turned up unannounced to check that the rules were being followed

Police called the pub (pictured) twice and spoke to the landlady Sue Humphries then turned up unannounced to check that the rules were being followed

‘The last of the people from the wake left at about 5.30pm. We were a lot less busy after they left.’

Ms Humphries said she reopened the pub on August 1 after lockdown.

The incident came ahead of Oadby

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Love Island’s Laura Whitmore and Iain Stirling reveal they’ve built a PUB in their back garden

They kept fans entertained over the summer, when they shared snaps of videos of their fun-filled times at home together during the COVID-19 lockdown.

And Laura Whitmore and her fiancé Iain Stirling have revealed that they’ve made their home all the more entertaining, as they’ve built a pub in their back garden.

Love Island host Laura, 35, took to Instagram on Saturday to share a snapshot of herself enjoying drinks with Iain, 32, and a small group of friends.

Home comforts: Laura Whitmore and her fiancé Iain Stirling have revealed that they've made their home all the more entertaining, as they've built a pub in their back garden

Home comforts: Laura Whitmore and her fiancé Iain Stirling have revealed that they’ve made their home all the more entertaining, as they’ve built a pub in their back garden

Wearing a striped sweater, the blonde beauty was seen cuddling her beloved pet pooch as the group enjoyed drinks and snacks.

Love Island narrator Iain took the snap, which showed their pals giving the thumbs up as they sat by the bar, which included a Guinness tap, glasses and bottle of liquor.

Captioning the image, Laura partially quoted classic sitcom Cheers, as she wrote: ‘Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came… The Snug EST 2020.’

Snug: The Irish broadcaster also geotagged the new bar's location as The Snug, while she shared another snap showing that the name had been placed above the double door entrance

Snug: The Irish broadcaster also geotagged the new bar’s location as The Snug, while she shared another snap showing that the name had been placed above the double door entrance

The Irish broadcaster also geotagged the new bar’s location as The Snug, while she shared another snap showing that the name had been placed above the double door entrance to the construction, which included bar stools.   

Laura has much to celebrate, as she’s set to begin filming Celebrity Juice alongside Emily Atack next week, after they were announced as new team captains. 

The stars joined show host Keith Lemon, real name Leigh Francis, for a celebratory night out on Thursday after they their new roles were publicly announced. 

The trio were also joined by Laura’s fiancé Iain, who was pictured arriving at the venue with footballer Robbie Keane after working together on Soccer Aid. 

Show: Laura has much to celebrate, as she's set to begin filming Celebrity Juice with Emily Atack next week, after they were announced as new team captains. Pictured with Keith Lemon

Show: Laura has much to celebrate, as she’s set to begin filming Celebrity Juice with Emily Atack next week, after they were announced as new team captains. Pictured with Keith Lemon 

Celebrate: Keith, real name Leigh Francis, documented their celebratory drinks on Instagram

Celebrate: Keith, real name Leigh Francis, documented their celebratory drinks on Instagram 

The trio appeared in great spirits after it was announced that they would be making up the new team of Celebrity Juice.

Taking to Instagram, Laura, Emily and Keith documented their night out where they enjoyed celebratory Champagne and margarita cocktails.

Although Emily joked on Friday morning that she was feeling hungover as she shared a video of herself sipping water with a GIF of a cocktail with a red X next to it. 

It was recently announced that Emily and Laura would be Holly Willouhgby’s replacements on Celebrity Juice, four months after she left her 12-year stint. 

Giddy: Presenter Laura and actress Emily appeared giddy in one fun video shared by Keith

Giddy: Presenter Laura and actress Emily appeared giddy in one fun video shared by Keith 

Cheers! Laura toasted her flute of Champagne

Fun: She took a swig as she celebrated the news

Cheers! Laura toasted her flute of Champagne and took

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How to Create an Inviting Beer Garden for a Pub, Bar or Restaurant

It’s that time of year again where you need to start thinking about your Garden for the Summer. Here are a few useful ideas:

1. GARDENS ARE OUTDOOR SPACES

First and most importantly, a garden connected to a Pub, Bar or Restaurant should feel like a Garden and not in interior space. Many proprietors try to continue the interior finishes to outside which defeats the purpose of a Garden atmosphere. The Garden should have outdoor features like stone and brick and the furniture should look like outdoor furniture. On my travels I found many beer gardens with timber sheeting and fabric covered bar stools – these areas are trying to look like indoor spaces. Instead try to embrace the outdoor Garden atmosphere, work with the multitude of materials and finishes which are available to transform a bland space into an exciting alfresco experience.

2. STYLE

Decide on your style or theme and then do some research.

Look at the building and its walls – are there any existing characteristics that may dictate a style or that can be embellished?

Keep the theme running from the interior through to the outside – for example, if you have an Art Deco interior then try to incorporate Art Deco statues, tiles or lamps outside rather than it being a generic garden. Similarly, if it is a traditional Pub with lots of Bric-a-Brac then carry outdoor Bric-a-Brac through.

3. THE WEATHER

Weather considerations

The glare/heat factor: use canopies, planting or coloured glass to diffuse.

Wind: Use wind breakers. Anything can be designed to reduce the wind factor – Willow fencing, metal or timber frameworks with glass or canvas wind breakers. I recently designed a trellis planter and because it was on wheels, it was movable which worked really well for my client.

When deciding on the position for your seating consider which direction the wind comes from.

Rain: Provide adequate coverage for smokers in bad weather. In particularly wet climates, a permanent fixed solution like glass in a timber or glass framework will be much more maintainable than a canvas canopy. Glass means that daylight/sunlight can come through which is important on those warm summer days. If it gets too hot or bright then outdoor blinds can be fitted.

4. REGULATIONS

Before building anything it is important to know what your local regulations are. In Ireland the guideline for covering areas is described like a bus shelter where the roof covers an area that has walls that are 50% open and 50% closed.

5. SMOKERS

Divide smokers from non smokers if you have the space.

Opening windows may not be an option as the smoke can be pulled into the interior and customers do not like this.

Provide ashtrays on tables and a few sand buckets about the place from which cigarette butts can be taken from at cleaning time.

6. UGLY AREAS

Make sure the views are good and not facing bin/garbage areas or car-parks. Use screening with plants or timber fencing to …

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