Coronavirus: Bars and restaurants in England busy as lockdown looms

Diners have been rushing to bars and restaurants to enjoy the 'last supper' as the second coronavirus lockdown looms. 

Food establishments have seen a surge in customer numbers as people hurry to make the most of the hospitality before the new nationwide restrictions come into force on Thursday. 

Under the guidance, set out by Boris Johnson last week, all non-essential shops will be shut until December 2.

Students in Nottingham took to the streets last night ahead of today's lockdown vote, despite the region heading into Tier 3 measures last Friday

Students in Nottingham took to the streets last night ahead of today's lockdown vote, despite the region heading into Tier 3 measures last Friday

Diners (pictured in Soho last night) have been rushing to bars and restaurants to enjoy the 'last supper' as the second coronavirus lockdown looms

Diners (pictured in Soho last night) have been rushing to bars and restaurants to enjoy the 'last supper' as the second coronavirus lockdown looms

Food establishments have seen a surge in customer numbers as people hurry to make the most of the hospitality before the new restrictions. Pictured: Diners in Soho last night

Food establishments have seen a surge in customer numbers as people hurry to make the most of the hospitality before the new restrictions. Pictured: Diners in Soho last night

Students emptied out onto the streets of Nottingham during the penultimate night of pre-lockdown measures across the country

Students emptied out onto the streets of Nottingham during the penultimate night of pre-lockdown measures across the country 

Restaurateurs have said that the first lockdown in spring brought a wave of anxiety among customers - but the most recent announcement was met with an enthusiasm to embrace whatever is allowed. 

In a relaxation of the original plans expected to start tomorrow, punters will be able to collect pre-ordered alcohol - on the condition they do not enter a pub or bars' premises. 

The drink must be ordered via a website, phone or text message while venues can also deliver beverages. 

Should be lockdown be voted through, as expected later today, then pubs and bars will still be able to sell takeaway pints, the Government announced yesterday, as Nottingham students headed out on the town

Should be lockdown be voted through, as expected later today, then pubs and bars will still be able to sell takeaway pints, the Government announced yesterday, as Nottingham students headed out on the town

Security workers spoke with students as crowds gathered on the streets of Nottingham last night

Security workers spoke with students as crowds gathered on the streets of Nottingham last night

Lockdown measures starting tomorrow will see pubs selling alcohol in pre-ordered takeaway cups, but the drink must be ordered via a website, phone or text message

Lockdown measures starting tomorrow will see pubs selling alcohol in pre-ordered takeaway cups, but the drink must be ordered via a website, phone or text message

Venues will also be able to deliver alcohol, but hospitality industry bosses have raised concern

Venues will also be able to deliver alcohol, but hospitality industry bosses have raised concern

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub

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