Coronavirus: Hospitality Industry

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th December 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) advice and (b) evidence informed his decision to propose a 10 pm curfew on hospitality venues.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies highlighted that alcohol consumption may increase risk of non-compliance with social distancing and that gatherings in hospitality are higher risk of transmission. This was highlighted also in Public Health England’s Weekly Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) surveillance report which stated 13% of positive COVID-19 cases reported eating out in the time before symptom onset, when there is a high risk of transmission. The report is available at the following link:

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