DON’T DO IT!
That is the simple answer that was given by one Police force following a case where a venue in Liverpool received a visit during Tier 2 restrictions to find a number of staff members having a ‘staff drink’ at 01.30am. Each staff member received a £200.00 fixed penalty and the premises ‘may’ have the licence reviewed! https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/staff-fined-drinking-city-centre-19529749
“Staff at any venue are subject to COVID rules, the staff are basically socialising outside of the permitted family bubbles”
So HSADD Ltd advise to venue operators is clear, Staff drinks at the venue, after work cannot be justified and will breach the guidelines so don’t risk it as the staff can get a fine and the venue a fine/review – and everyone is having the worst trading conditions ever without getting either of these enforcement actions!
This is very disappointing for venues who respect the work that the staff do to bring the night together, however, the Hospitality industry has been the focus of attention for the last 12 months and the last thing we all need is further attention to the industry.