FOOTBALL fans will be heading en masse to the pub to watch England vs Scotland at the Euros tonight.
Punters drinking at the venues though, will be banned from singing “Football’s Coming Home” and “God Save the Queen”.
You won’t be allowed to stand and sing down the local tonightCredit: Getty
Singing, especially loudly, has been deemed a Covid transmission risk and goes against rules the government has set out for pubs.
The current rules mean that any music in a pub should be played at a low, almost background level, to prevent any shouting, singing or dancing occurring over the top of it.
It means fans getting geared up for tonight’s game won’t be able to sing the usual chants that come with the expected electric atmosphere, especially following England’s win last weekend.
The government’s guidance includes restaurants and bars too, as well as any other venues serving food or drink.
Pub rules as of May 17
THE latest easing of restrictions came into place on May 17, but there are still rules to follow until the complete easing is due to happen, now on July 19. These are:
- The rule of six inside
- Party up to 30 allowed outside
- Only table service allowed
- Contactless ordering where available
- Relaxed limits on max number of customers
- Staff must wear masks and gloves
- Customers must each check in with the NHS app
- Social distancing to be adhered to
Owners and staff at venues will have to make sure that customers stay seated, wear masks when they do move about, and keep noise at a reasonable volume.
Things like table service still has to be stuck to and drinkers won’t be able to head to the bar to place any orders.
A spokesperson from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy previously told the Sun: “Public safety must remain our priority and current guidelines will not change this weekend.
“Pubs should continue to adhere to current advice, including keeping noise at a low volume and ensuring customers remain seated and social distancing is maintained at all times between each group of customers.”
It comes as the public increased pressure on Downing Street to push ahead with removing restrictions and return the country to “normal”.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared on Monday that the June 21 “Freedom Day” would not be going ahead and is instead postponed until July 19.
Because of this all current rules remain in place and we won’t be seeing the dismissal of things like masks or the rule of six indoors lifted for at least another month.
Morrisons is selling a home draught tap so if you’re ditching the pub plans you can pull a pint from the comfort of your own home.
Greene King gave away FREE pints for the first England game as spirits soared.
Lots of supermarkets are weighing in on deals for the football games too, Asda is selling two packs of beer for £20 including Stella and Peroni.