Commons to ban the sale of alcohol on site, Speaker announces

The Speaker has announced that the sale of alcohol will be banned in all House of Commons bars and restaurants after London's coronavirus restrictions were stepped up.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle said the prohibition will come into effect on Saturday and will apply if "food is served or not".

It comes after Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that the capital will be placed under Tier 2 measures, which ban indoor mixing between households.

Under the restrictions, bars and restaurants are allowed to remain open.

House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle

Only the Liverpool City Region is under the most stringent Tier 3 conditions which at a minimum prevent pubs from opening unless they can act like a restaurant and serve food.

Alcohol can be bought on hospitality premises in Tier 3 areas only if it is accompanied by a "substantial meal", according to Government guidance.

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Sir Lindsay said: "Following the Government's decision to move London into the Tier 2 Covid alert category, I have asked the parliamentary authorities to introduce measures to bring the House of Commons into line with the national picture.

"As MPs represent different constituencies in different tiers – with the very highest level ordering the closure of pubs – I have decided to stop the sale of alcohol across the House of Commons end of the estate from this Saturday.

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KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA - 2020/10/18: Art drawings of Goddess Durga dressed as a doctor and wearing facemask as she spears coronavirus, painted by children of Sundarbans prior to the celebration of Durga Puja festival amidst covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jit Chattopadhyay/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
JERUSALEM - OCTOBER 17: People protest against the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding his resignation over corruption cases and his failure to combat the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, in front of the House of the Prime Minister (Beit Aghion) in West Jerusalem on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A protester holds a child (2R) and others react as anti-riot police use a water cannon during a protest of hundreds of football hooligans and far-right voters of Kotleba's LSNS party against the government of Igor Matovic and precautionary measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in front of the Government Office in Bratislava on October 17, 2020. - Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on October 17 the eurozone member will test every resident ages 10 and up for the coronavirus, amid an uptick in infections. Around 500 people gathered outside the government building in downtown Bratislava to protest the latest anti-virus restrictions, despite a ban on gatherings of more than six people. Riot police used a water cannon and tear gas after the crowd started to throw stones and glass bottles. (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP) (Photo by VLADIMIR SIMICEK/AFP via Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - OCTOBER 17: Officials disinfect inside of Al Hassina Mosque within coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Gaza City, Gaza on October 17, 2020. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
17 October 2020, Bavaria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen: A waitress holds a tray of beer in an inn. Almost half of the Bavarian districts and independent cities have stricter masks, stricter contact restrictions and closing hours in the gastronomy due to the increasing number of corona. Photo: Angelika Warmuth/dpa (Photo by Angelika Warmuth/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Protest for school closed for the corona virus outside Campania Region in Naples, Italy, on October on 17, 2020. (Photo by Paolo Manzo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Protesters of fitness and gym workers against so called second lockdawn in Warsaw, Poland on October 17. (Photo by Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - OCTOBER 16: An Ethiopian woman, wearing a face mask as a measure against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, walks past a mural, painted to draw attention to the pandemic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on October 16, 2020. (Photo by Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in front of Catalan regional police during a demonstration on October 16, 2020 in Barcelona to protest against the new restrictions imposed by the regional government on bars and restaurants to fight against COVID-19 disease. - Bars and restaurants are to be closed across Spain's northeastern Catalonia region for the next 15 days to slow rising coronavirus infections, the regional government said on October 14, 2020. The move comes as Spain battles one of the highest rates of infection in the European Union, with nearly 900,000 infections and more than 33,000 deaths. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP) (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
DHAKA, BANGLADESH OCTOBER 16, 2020: Muslims take part in a protest demanding women's safety and justice for rape victims amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 16, 2020. - PHOTOGRAPH BY Rehman Asad / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Rehman Asad/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 16, 2020: Bus passengers wear face masks amid the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mikhail Metzel/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)
Wearing masks against the spread of the new coronavirus, a newly married couple kiss during a wedding photo session in a classic American car in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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"This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future – whether food is served or not.

"The House of Commons Commission will be meeting on Monday to consider other measures needed to protect MPs, their staff and House staff, while maintaining our Covid-secure status."

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