As many of our lovely regulars have noticed new Government guidance has been issued today with regard to off sales. We have discussed it, and decided that we will not be restarting, for two reasons, the lack of clarity how this applies to pubs and also the ethics of reopening.
The Guidance and legality
There are two relevants sections.
Restaurants and public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments.
Exceptions: Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational and can be a new activity supported by the new permitted development right. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises.
Off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries.
Even though we have an off sales license, the guidance does not list off sales by public houses with an off sales license, it lists food from pubs and alcohol from off-licenses, shops and breweries.
In the growing pandemic, we cannot put our hands on our hearts and say that craft beer is a necessity. We cannot rightfully claim, that even for home delivery, we can justify the possibility of us helping to spread Covid-19 further.
We are sorry if this disappoints some of the Bailey Head family, but we think that staying closed to all business is the correct thing to do.
See you on the other side.
Grace and Duncan.