Fast food chains such as McDonald’s and Pret a Manger are exempt from new compulsory table service legislation, which Foreign secretary Dominic Raab said might now be required at all restaurants. Customers would “need to be able to order from the tables,” he said on TV show Today, but assured that the “guidance will be very clear.” New guidelines have instructed office workers to work remotely where possible and ordered restaurants and pubs to close no later than 10pm in measures introduced to curb the potential of a second wave. This is true for both England and Wales.
These measures have been criticised as inadequate, with scientists warning that such sparse limitations will undoubtedly increase the likelihood of another lockdown. As coronavirus cases continue to increase, enforced rules to slow the virus’s spread have been reintroduced. But popular fast food chains may be exempt from the table service rule, allowing customers to continue self service or order at the counter. But all staff and all customers not eating or drinking must wear masks, with £200 penalty fines for those who don’t comply.
All businesses in England must now take contact details from customers to help trace potential covid cases and penalties will apply for business which don’t enforce these measures, with fines of up to £10,000. A 10pm curfew comes into enforcement on Friday across Scotland. ITV’s Robert Peston tweeted that these measures will have “huge implications for thousands of jobs.”