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Government enforces music ban on pubs

Loud music, singing and dancing have all been banned under new emergency Covid-19 laws.

Under the new legislation, pubs and restaurants are not allowed to play music which exceeds 85 decibels.

These new measures state landlords and venue owners must take ‘‘all reasonable measures’’ to stop singing and dancing by customers in groups of more than six.

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Wedding ceremonies, receptions and live performances are exempt from this law.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘‘We know that the vast majority of people want to do the right thing.

‘‘What we are setting out is that those who recklessly take risks with the health of their friends, families and communities should expect this to be taken seriously.’’

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: ‘‘The cumulative impact of layering restriction upon restriction is making it harder for pubs to survive. 

‘‘We have already seen a total ban on music in pubs in Scotland, which has seen trade plummet there. The sector has not been consulted on the evidence base for these extra restrictions on music.’’

She added: ‘‘We are acutely aware of our responsibilities as businesses, but the Government is in danger of cutting off any chance of a recovery. 

‘‘Instead of placing further restrictions on pubs, we need the Government to focus on putting a proper support package in place to help our sector survive the winter.’’

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