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Parliament bars exempt from 10pm curfew

Discussion in 'Personal' started by modelmaker, Sep 28, 2020.

  1. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter


    "Parliament’s bars are exempt from the government’s new coronavirus restrictions imposed last week, including the 10pm curfew, stricter rules on face coverings and test and trace data-gathering requirements.

    Bars in the House of Commons are not subject to the new rules for hospitality venues as they are designated “workplace canteens”.

    Under the new rules, "workplace canteens may remain open where there is no practical alternative for staff at that workplace to obtain food”.

    As well as being free to remain open beyond 10pm, the new, stricter rules regarding wearing face coverings and customers checking in at venues will also not apply to parliamentary bars, according to a report in The Times.

    A spokesperson for the House of Commons confirmed that the new restrictions on hospitality do not apply to the venues on the parliamentary estate, saying: “As catering outlets providing a workplace service for over 3,100 people working on the Estate, the current regulations on hospitality venues do not apply to Commons facilities.”

    They said the Members’ Dining Room, Adjournment, Smoking Room, Terrace Pavilion, Pugin Room and Members’ Tea Room fall under this category, as they provide a food and bar service."

    One rule for us and another rule for them. Who'd have thunk that?
  2. Wotton

    Wotton Lead commenter

    I'm not surprised it's the way all the "rules" work.
    agathamorse and harsh-but-fair like this.
  3. Morninglover

    Morninglover Star commenter

  4. Katzenjammer

    Katzenjammer Senior commenter

    I think what is the most disgusting aspect of this kind of behaviour is the combination of effrontery and sheer incompetence: the arrogance that says that they are above the rules the rest of us must observe; and the ineptitude which lets the rest of us find out about that arrogance so easily. Self-regard and stupidity - a toxic and very dangerous mixture, and one which bodes very ill for the future.
    littlejackhorner and ajrowing like this.
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Except that it wasn't a U-turn. The canteen exemption was never used by parliament. A spokesman said no alcohol had been served after hours since the new restrictions came into force last week. And he confirmed "alcohol will not be sold after 10pm anywhere on the parliamentary estate".
  6. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Nobody has said that. The exemption, which parliament is not in any case making use of, is for ANYONE who has need of workplace refreshments due to the hours they work. That includes services provided by hospital canteens and homeless shelters.
  7. monicabilongame

    monicabilongame Star commenter

    That some MPs consider alcohol to be 'food' says an awful lot about them
    littlejackhorner and ajrowing like this.
  8. modelmaker

    modelmaker Star commenter

    The Mayor of London is now concerned about drunk MPs spilling out onto the streets of Westminster at 10:01pm.
  9. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Nobody said that.
    agathamorse likes this.
  10. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Eh? What point are you trying to make? No MP has claimed that alcohol is food, have they?

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