Confusion after Cornwall pub with level 2 restrictions


Bettors in a Cornish pub will only be able to enjoy a hard-earned pint by purchasing “a substantial meal” after the boozer has been placed at level 2.
The Arscott Arms at Chapman’s Well is located near Launceston and about a mile from the Cornwall-Devon border.

The pub has been classified as Category 2 even though it has a mailing address in Cornwall.

Tier 2 ranking is being made according to the government postal code checker regarding the latest Covid-19 levels that will come into play once the lockdown ends this week.

Narty Glenister is the owner of The Arscott Arms and has spoken of confusion among residents, with many believing they are at Level 1 like the rest of Cornwall.

She told ITV Westcountry: “It’s frustrating to know that a few feet away they can go and have a pint somewhere without eating.

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“We’re not a massive drink pub anyway, but that has always been one of our goals, to make it a good drink pub and that has kind of been taken away from us now. It’s really difficult. ”

Narty added that the hamlet pub is doing well with its take out service and will continue to focus on its food offering.

The Arscott Arms pays its council tax to Devon County Council.

Cornwall Live has spoken to various publicists since the announcement of the new level rules last week.

A Saltash owner described how the rules “split her empire in half” with one of her pubs being allowed to reopen, while another was to stay closed.

Other pub owners have voiced fears of being inundated by people from outside the county unable to freely enjoy a pint in their own county.

The saga comes despite Cornwall being placed in the lowest level of coronavirus restrictions.

In the event of an average Covid-19 alert, Cornwall will have a lot more freedom – at Level 1 restrictions – once the lockdown is lifted on December 2.

The announcement means that Cornish pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, shops, gyms and even sporting events will reopen – albeit within limits.

Live sporting events will be capped at 50 percent or 4,000 (1,000 for indoor events) – whichever is less – and pubs will still have to close at 11 p.m. and stick to table service.

Cinemas and other entertainment businesses are allowed to open, but can only open after 11 p.m. for shows that started before 10 p.m.

Socializing with people who are not in your support bubble is allowed at level 1, but remains subject to the rule of six.

What about level 2?

Here is an overview of the Level 2 restrictions that come into effect.

Pubs and restaurants

Hospitality establishments must close unless they are serving food, and you can only buy alcohol if you also consume a “heavy meal”. They have to call the last orders at 10 p.m., although people don’t have to leave until 11 p.m.

Contact social

You can’t meet anyone socially on the inside, unless they come from your home or your supportive bubble. This applies at home or in a public setting. The six-limit rule applies outdoors.


Two households can form a “support bubble” if one of them has only one adult; or a “childcare bubble” if one of them has a child under 13. There is also a new exemption that allows a household consisting of multiple adults to form a bubble of support no matter what, if that household has a child under one year of age or a child with care needs under. five years. If you are in a bubble, you can behave as if you are all in the same household.


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