400 rabbits: this British bar masquerades as a church to bypass pandemic rules

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London (CNN) – The Romans had Bacchus, the Greeks had Dionysus, and the Aztecs, well, they had Centzon Tōtōchtin: a gang of 400 rabbit gods.
Rabbits haven’t received much prayer in recent years, but, 2020 being what it is, a tequila bar in Nottingham, England is trying to change that – and save their business at the same time.

England left their second national lockdown on December 2 and entered a tiered system of restrictions. Nottingham is in the highest risk level 3 category, which requires hospitality establishments to remain closed except for delivery and take-out.

The newly christened Church of 400 Rabbits (formerly 400 Rabbits) is an Aztec-themed bar with an extensive tequila menu and an ongoing application to the Registrar General of Nottingham to become a place of worship.

The reason this five-year-old establishment is now hoping to mix spirituality and spirits is because it spotted a loophole in the Covid-19 rules in England, which means, if you are a place of worship, then people from the same household or from the same bubble can enter your premises.

After posting an application for certification of a meeting place for religious worship (under the Places of Worship Registration Act of 1855), the Bar is now looking for worshipers on its website.

James Aspell brings up the app in the post.

James Aspell / The Church of 400 Rabbits

Becoming a Bunny Believer is free (and gives you a certificate), while a contribution of £ 10 ($ 13) means you are ordained Reverend Righteous Bunnies, with a free t-shirt as your official dress.

Owner James Aspell has no hopes that Nottingham’s powers will have a beneficial effect on his bar enforcement, but says it’s an ironic effort “to shed light on the ridiculousness of the new tier system of government and how contradictory the system of levels of government is. the rules are. ”

“It was really difficult,” he says, arguing that “the government insists on these restrictions” but then “the financial support is not there”.

“Even if we went down to level 2, we couldn’t open without serving a substantial meal,” he adds, pointing to “the Scottish Eggs fiasco” which unfolded in British media this week.

A Scottish Egg, for the uninitiated, is a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs, and a beloved institution that’s as British as standing in line and complaining about the weather. After much debate, UK Minister Michael Gove has now declared it a substantial meal, having controversially described it as a starter.

A pub in Brighton called the Caxton Arms is trying an escape trick itself, serving up a beer called Substantial Meal in an attempt to bypass level 2 restrictions / gain press attention like this.

And 400 Rabbits isn’t the first company to try the ‘place of worship’ thing, either – last month Poland’s Atlantic Squash and Fitness Club rebranded itself as Church of the Healthy Body in a similar effort to stay. open.

Aspell, meanwhile, says the congregation of the 400 rabbits is multiplying like, well, rabbits, with worshipers signing up from Kazakhstan to New Zealand.

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