Last order orders! House of Commons bans the sale of alcohol in parliament from Saturday

Last order orders! Speaker Lindsay Hoyle bans the sale of alcohol in House of Commons bars from Saturday (so will peers axe the beers too?)

  • Lindsay Hoyle announced the banning of alcohol from the House of Commons 
  • No alcohol will be served in the Commons for the ‘foreseeable future’ 
  • The new restrictions will not affect members of the House of Lords 
  • Sir Lindsay said the ban was necessary due to the deteriorating Covid situation 

All House of Commons bars and restaurants will be banned from selling alcohol as of Saturday, the Speaker has confirmed.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: ‘Following the Government’s decision to move London into the Tier 2 Covid-alert category, I have asked the parliamentary authorities to introduce measures to bring the House of Commons into line with the national picture.

‘As MPs represent different constituencies in different tiers – with the very highest level ordering the closure of pubs – I have decided to stop the sale of alcohol across the House of Commons-end of the estate from this Saturday.

House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, pictured, has banned the sale of alcohol from bars and restaurants under his section of the Palace of Westminster as a result of London’s new Covid-19 regulations

Sir Lindsay said: 'This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future - whether food is served or not'

Sir Lindsay said: ‘This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future – whether food is served or not’

‘This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future – whether food is served or not.

‘The House of Commons Commission will be meeting on Monday to consider other measures needed to protect MPs, their staff and House staff, while maintaining our Covid-secure status.’

Different restrictions are being introduced across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in an effort to stymie a second wave of the killer virus. 

In Scotland, 570 Covid-19 patients were in hospital as of Wednesday, up from 319 a week earlier, with 49 in ventilation beds, up from 28 a week earlier.

In Wales, 384 Covid-19 patients were in hospital as of Wednesday, up from 277 a week earlier, with 29 in ventilation beds, up from 27 a week earlier.

In Northern Ireland, 164 Covid-19 patients were in hospital as of Tuesday, up from 147 a week earlier, with 17 in ventilation beds as of Wednesday, up from 11 a week earlier.

Data on patients with Covid-19 is not comparable across the UK due to differences in the way the figures are reported.

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