England is in a coronavirus total shutdown at the moment. It started on 5th November and continues until at least 2nd December.
This means all non-essential shops and retail premises are closed. So food shops remain open but all pubs are closed because large numbers of people congregating inside a pub, breathing on each other and getting drunk is clearly a bad idea.
But not all pubs are closed…
The last lockdown has encouraged some commendable creative thinking during this one.
My local pub in Hertfordshire has invested in polystyrene food containers and has reinvented itself as a hot meal takeaway.
A wine bar I know in East London has erected a tent outside and is doing – I think – takeaway hot dogs, burgers etc. At any rate, there’s a lot of sizzling and smoke going on there.
And a pub in trendy NW London has re-invented itself as rentable office space – You can rent a table and work from your local pub round the corner in a socially-distanced setting with WiFi and all the benefits of an office (but without any drinks being served).
Entrepreneurial thinking at its best in extremis.