THE chief executive of Brewhouse & Kitchen said he was “disappointed” at the announcement of Tier 2 restrictions for BCP and Dorset, and urged the community to support local pubs.

It was announced today, November 26, that both BCP and Dorset Council areas would be in Tier 2 when the national lockdown ends.

It means bars and pubs must close, unless operating as a restaurant, and alcohol can only be served with a substantial meal.

Brewhouse & Kitchen chief executive Kris Gumbrell told the Daily Echo: “The government needs to stick to fortnightly reviews.

“Everyone needs to work together to get back into Tier 1 as soon as possible or it could be devastating for the hospitality sector.

“We put huge amounts of money into Covid measures and we will be policing it pretty hard.

“We want to see IDs and lanyards for people not wearing masks.”

In Tier 2, people from different households are not able to meet outdoors, and restaurants must stop serving at 10pm and be closed an hour later.

Mr Gumbrell continued: “We are confident people will rally around the sector.

“The reality is the government made it clear they are not budging.

“The football stadiums are open, gyms are open, hairdressers are open but the pubs take the blame.

“We have just got to get on and make the most if it. People of BCP have worked really hard, our cases are down, how impossible is it to get into Tier 1?

“We will get on with it and provide a good experience for people, and people need to support their local pubs.”