PUBLISHED: 09:12, Mon, Sep 28, 2020 | UPDATED: 09:12, Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Despite imposing stricter restrictions on hospitality venues, bars on the Westminster estate are exempt from the closing time. Under the regulations, the bars are classed as a workplace canteen and therefore exempt from the 10pm curfew. Within the coronavirus guidelines, workplace canteens remain open for staff where there is no possible alternative.
Visitors to the Parliamentary bars will also not be asked to supply contact details upon entry.
A team takes responsibility as a point of contact for MPs and staff on the estate, The Times has revealed.
A former Cabinet Minister said: “We’re risking parliament being a centre of infection.”
This comes amid increased controversy over the new 10pm curfew rule.
Coronavirus: Commons bars exempt from 10pm rule (Image: PA)
Coronavirus: The bars classed as a workplace canteen (Image: PA/GETTY)
Boris Johnson has been put under increased pressure to review the new curfew, amid images of members of the public in crowded streets after the closing time.
The new measures were brought in to try and reduce the surge in daily cases, but crowds have been seen gathering across the country following the curfew.
Some have called for the Government to change the decision, while industry experts have insisted closing times must be staggered.
Emma McClarkin told the British Beer and Pub Association said: “Having not been consulted by the government on the announcements last week, we do stand ready to work with the government to find the safest and most practical ways to tackle coronavirus whilst crucially keeping our businesses and the hundreds of thousands of jobs they provide alive.
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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson (Image: PA/GETTY)
“As we have seen this weekend, the hard 10pm curfew has led to the consequence of customers leaving venues and filling the streets en masse.