Pub goers will be able to order a drink from the bar without a mask from Monday (19 July).
Wearing masks in most public places is no longer a legal requirement from 19 July with England scrapping the majority of its Covid safety measures.
Guidance front the UK Government says it “expects and recommends that people continue to wear a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces”.
Here’s all you need to know about the new Covid rules for UK pubs.
Bars, restaurants and pubs
Wearing a mask inside restaurants, bars and pubs will be at the discretion of the individual venue.
Individual businesses will decide what rules work for them, according to UK Hospitality, who represent the hospitality sector.
UK Hospitality said businesses have “invested heavily to make their venues COVID-safe so they'll be well-placed to know what measures - if any - are necessary to reduce risk".
Pub chain Greene King, which owns more than 1,050 pubs in the UK, said staff and customers can choose whether to wear a mask or not.
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said his pubs will use the same Covid precaution measures introduced in July 2020, making face coverings available for staff and customers if they want to wear them - but it will not be compulsory.
Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn and a number of bar and restaurant brands, confirmed that it would also be removing face covering requirements for its pubs, saying that it would be left to personal choice.
Greene King and Wetherspoons also confirmed they would no longer require customers to check in with their Test and Trace app.
The leading pub chains, including Mitchell and Butler, have also promised that from Monday (19 July), pub goers will be able to walk up to the bar and order a drink.
“The wearing of face masks is no longer a legal requirement, so this will be a matter of personal choice both for our team members and guests,” a spokesperson for Mitchell and Butler, which owns All Bar One and Toby Carvery, said.
“Vertical drinking will be allowed, though we’ll continue to encourage guests to use our convenient order and pay at table apps.”