What is a ‘substantial meal’? Debate reignited with tiers announcement

pubs and restaurants to sell alcohol inside their premises, but only if a ‘substantial meal’ is purchased by customers

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England’s lockdown came to an end on 2 December and was replaced with a new tiered system of coronavirus restrictions.

The new rules mean that more than 32 million people will be placed in tier 2 — allowing pubs and restaurants to sell alcohol inside their premises, but only if a “substantial meal” is purchased by customers.

The lockdown regulations have reignited a debate about what exactly constitutes a “substantial meal”. Is it as simple a buying a few bags of crisps? A pasty? Or a more filling meal, such as fish and chips?

Ministers have also have been sowing confusion whether a Scotch egg would count as a substantial meal.

Some publicans are scrambling to put together a food offering to lure customers back in a key month of trade, while people on social media once again debated what a substantial meal actually consists of and how it could prevent Covid-19 infections.

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