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Closing pubs at 10pm

(14 Posts)
varian Tue 29-Sep-20 15:48:34

Covid rules: What's the evidence for 10pm pub closing time?

It seems quite likely that this could increase, rather than decrease transmission of the virus, as well as damaging the economy

varian Tue 29-Sep-20 15:51:05

A large number of MPs have written to the business secretary asking for this to be reconsidered and for more support for the hospitality industry.

growstuff Tue 29-Sep-20 16:56:54

Andy Burnham has also expressed the same concerns about Manchester.

Iam64 Tue 29-Sep-20 17:05:48

Evidently, towns with higher R rate than Bolton haven’t had their pubs closed. Andy Burnham supporting local pubs and bars who want to reopen

kircubbin2000 Tue 29-Sep-20 19:10:03

Surely we should be going to bed by then so no need for later hours.

Redkettle Tue 29-Sep-20 20:00:04

Seems sensible to me. The later in the evening it becomes, the more alcohol is flowing, the more likely it is that one may "slip up" and forget about appropriate caution.

I'm crocheting in bed at that hour, completely unaffected, so my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.

varian Tue 29-Sep-20 20:02:26

I'm also in bed by ten, but there are quite a lot of folk piling out of pubs at the same time, going to off licenses and having house parties. That's the worrying thing.

GrannyGravy13 Tue 29-Sep-20 20:09:23


I'm also in bed by ten, but there are quite a lot of folk piling out of pubs at the same time, going to off licenses and having house parties. That's the worrying thing.

Totally agree, London, Liverpool and other cities have reported parties carrying on in the streets, in houses and packed public transport as people leave venues at the same time.

People just start drinking earlier, COVID-19 doesn’t hide until 10pm then suddenly appear

SueDonim Tue 29-Sep-20 20:16:02

I seem to recall the rationale for bringing in 24hour licensing, way back in ?2005? was to try and stop the last-minute binge-drinking and everyone being turfed out onto the streets at the same time, with ensuring fights and so on.

I don’t know whether that was successful or even how you’d judge it, but surely someone should have looked back to see how things were when we had a 10/11pm closing time.

Iam64 Wed 30-Sep-20 06:54:57

I’m in bed by ten, unless I’m on the razzle, when it may get to eleven.
Young people often go out at ten

Whitewavemark2 Wed 30-Sep-20 07:15:36

My two never went out until 10 and would come in with the milk man, or stay out for breakfast in the market, which was excellent.!!

Now they are in bed before midnight! Life takes its toll😄😄😄

Now the grandchildren go out and sometimes don’t come back until the end of the weekend. Different days different ways. Mind you massive battles going on with parents and the need to social distance etc. The young have different brains to adults and are simply not risk adverse.

I am usually in bed by 9pm. Oblivious to it all🙂

vegansrock Wed 30-Sep-20 07:34:51

I can remember a stage of going to bed just as the kids were going out for the evening....
Agree that chucking everyone out of the pub at the same time leads to more problems than having more flexible opening hours.

Riverwalk Wed 30-Sep-20 07:37:33

Not everyone goes to bed at ten!

The night-time economy is very important and employs a lot of people.

Many restaurants will be unviable as they're usually jam-packed at that time.

sodapop Wed 30-Sep-20 08:54:55

That's right Riverwalk so many people in the hospitality trade are affected and there will be a lot of businesses which never recover.