Substantial meal rule dropped following legal battle

Under tier rules in England, hospitality establishments were only allowed to serve alcohol alongside a ‘substantial meal’

Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester’s night-time economy adviser, has won a legal challenge forcing the UK government to drop its “substantial meal” rule for bars and restaurants.

High court judges ruled in favour of Lord, who brought a legal case against health secretary Matt Hancock with the claim certain lockdown measures were discriminatory against certain groups, notably BAME communities.

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