The rules on pubs showing live sport when they reopen – Leicestershire Live

Many pubs and restaurants across the UK will open their doors for the first time since March this weekend.

There are plenty of punters who will have missed their local boozer purely for the chance to have a pint and watch some live sport.

Pubs and bars have been allowed to reopen from Saturday, July 4, providing they follow the Government’s rules.

So are there any rules around venues showing live sport? It appears so.

While technically pubs and venues are entitled to air live sport coverage, the Government does not want music or broadcasts to attract shouting, the Metro has reported.

Due to social distancing rules, the Government has asked that venues not play ‘music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting.’

This is because the risk of coronavirus transmission will be greater.

So it might be that your local will choose not to run the risk and football may be off the menu for the forseeable.

The Government’s website states: “All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. ‘This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.

“This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission. We will develop further guidance, based on scientific evidence, to enable these activities as soon as possible. ‘You should take similar steps to prevent other close contact activities, such as communal dancing.”

There is already a wider concern that once customers have a had a few drinks this Saturday, some may forget to keep a safe distance from strangers.

Those venturing out this weekend for post-lockdown celebrations have been urged to remain as sober as possible so they can be more aware of social distancing.

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