Amateur sports clubs WILL be able to serve drinks outdoors during grassroots games

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Amateur sports clubs CAN serve drinks outdoors during grassroots games from Monday after a Government rethink following fears over bar intakes taking a hit

There were fears that amateur clubs could not serve drinks outside until May 17 After a Government rethink, terraces will be open for drinks from MondayThe DCMS spoke with sports governing bodies, such as the ECB, on Thursday 

By David Coverdale For Mailonline

Published: 12:21 EDT, 8 April 2021 | Updated: 12:51 EDT, 8 April 2021

Amateur sports clubs will be allowed to serve drinks outdoors while grassroots games are being played following a Government rethink.

Information circulated this week that 'clubs cannot provide outdoor hospitality alongside organised outdoor sport' until at least May 17 in an attempt to prevent thirsty spectators from attending amateur fixtures at a time when they are banned from stadiums.

That news prompted a major backlash from hard-hit grassroots clubs who largely rely on bar intake to stay afloat, especially given that pub beer gardens can open from Monday.

Amateur sports clubs will be allowed to serve drinks outdoors while games are being played

In the wake of the row, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held meetings with sports governing bodies - including the ECB on Thursday morning.

And it was decided that from Monday clubs can open their terraces for drinks while matches are ongoing after all, in news which will be a major relief to amateur clubs across the country.

An ECB spokesperson said: 'Following constructive conversations with the Government we can confirm that clubhouses will be able to open up in line with wider Government guidance on outdoor hospitality from Monday whilst cricket is taking place on the field.'

Grassroots clubs rely heavily on bar intake and terraces will now be open for drinks


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