Takeaway pints back in England from April 12 when beer gardens open

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Brits will be able to buy takeaway pints from April 12 once beer gardens have reopened, Downing Street has confirmed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hadn’t mentioned takeaway pints during his roadmap out of lockdown.

However, they’ll be back on the cards once the hospitality sector starts to reopen.

Downing Street confirmed on Thursday, February 25, that takeaway pints will be allowed once pub gardens are back in business.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "Outdoor hospitality is permitted so I believe it would be the case that takeaway alcohol will be permitted."

Meanwhile, pub beer duty could be slashed with supermarkets stumping up the difference after lockdown, Johnson has hinted.

The Prime Minister described calls for a boozers tax boost in next week's Budget as "an extremely good point".

He said the Government was "looking closely" at its options after the Treasury undertook a review on alcohol duty last year.

Tory MP Giles Watling asked during prime minister's questions: "Pubs have been closing all over Britain for decades now, tearing the hearts out of communities.

"This terrible pandemic has made things even worse. Part of the problem is undercutting by cheap supermarket booze.

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"Surely, now that we are out of the EU, we can do as we please with beer duty. Differentiation in favour of onsales could deliver great benefits to pubs in communities such as Clacton, at nil cost to the taxpayer."

Boozers will have to follow the Government’s restrictions on social contact, which means the rule of six will apply in beer gardens.

There will be no curfews and the previous "substantial meal" requirement, which needed drinkers to order food with alcohol, will be scrapped.

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The rule was widely ridiculed after it emerged a Scotch egg counted as a substantial meal.

Mr Johnson said: “There will be no curfew and the Scotch egg debate will be over."

There will also be table service only.

Pubs will not re-open indoors until stage three, from May 17 at the earliest.

When they do welcome punters back inside, the rule of six will apply, or two households can meet.

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