According to official government guidelines, in Level 3 areas – which now include Greater Manchester – alcohol can only be served with a “hearty meal”, which it defines as “as a main meal in the home. ‘lunch or evening time’ or as a main course.
But it looks like the pizza slices, which Common described as “massive f ***** g” on his Twitter feed, don’t match the bill.
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The bar said the cops told them the slices “didn’t match the substantial food” but claimed they “couldn’t tell. [them] what substantial food was ”.
Joint boss Jonny Heyes told the Manchester Evening News : ” It’s just a joke.
“I don’t want to say anything bad about the officers because they had obviously been dispatched to check that everyone was serving food and following guidelines.”
“But they don’t have any information on what actually constitutes a substantial meal.
“They are just doing it.
“As far as I know, there are no proper guidelines. Government policy is so woolly, there is no clarity.
“He says a midday or evening meal.
“Our pizzas are 22 inches, so a slice is 11 inches long. It’s probably as big as a 12 inch pizza. ”
Common remains open and only serves full pizzas.
It is estimated that nearly 2,000 sites have had to close in Greater Manchester since the region moved to Level 3 on Friday.
Many of those who have remained open have come up with inventive ways to follow the new rules.
An anonymous council official told the Sunday Times: “We find [the rules] impossible to interpret.
“We had ridiculous conversations with bar owners about pies, beans on toast, toast, bowls of crisps with gravy.
“What is a heavy meal? Surely it depends on the height of the person? What if she’s skinny and loves salads? ”
Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.