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Bars in the House of Commons are not subject to the new rules for hospitality venues.

Only food and no alcohol is to be served after 10 pm at the House of Commons as per the new Health Protection Regulations.

Only food and no alcohol is to be served after 10 pm at the House of Commons as per the new Health Protection Regulations.Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 infected cases in the UK, Prime Minister Borris Johnson announced a new set of strict rules to stop the virus's spread. Under national measures brought into force on September 24, businesses selling food or drink must stay closed from 10 pm to 5 am. However, according to the new Health Protection Regulations (2020), a limited number of venues are exempt from the rules, including canteens at hospitals, prisons, army bases, and homeless shelters. Workplace canteens may remain open where there is no practical alternative for staff at work to obtain food. According to a report by The Times, a spokesperson from the House of Commons confirmed that hospitality venues' current regulations do not apply to the Commons facilities.

After complaints from the public and some MPs, the House of Commons confirmed that while the bars could stay open after 10 pm, they would only serve food for those working and not alcoholic drinks, in support of social distancing.

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