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Alcohol product sales rise
by more than a ⅓ during lockdown
TAKEAWAY alcohol product sales
have risen by 36% during lockdown, due to an increase in consumption and a wider
availability of products, new research shows.
The study, compiled by City Pantry and Just Eat, looks at how the nation’s
takeaway habits have changed over lockdown, to reveal whether we’re eating
healthier, drinking or eating more, and when in the week we’re most likely to
indulge in a takeaway.
Northern Ireland saw the biggest sales increase with orders up 9.3%, followed by
the East of England with 7.7% and the East Midlands at 6.4%. The West Midlands
(3.5%) and the North West (3.8%) saw the lowest rise.
While this increase could be attributed to a rise in at-home consumption due to
Brits being unable to visit the pub, it’s also likely due to more providers
adding alcohol products to their takeaway menus than before the pandemic.
This has been instrumental in allowing dine-in restaurants to pivot their
services to maintain revenue while restrictions were in place, with all regions
partaking in remotely purchasing alcohol products.
Increase in alcohol consumption by region.
Increase in alcohol
increase during lockdown
East of England
As well as ordering more alcohol
products, the data shows that some regions have grown progressively more
adventurous with their meal choices. Brunch orders have seen the biggest maximum
rise overall with orders jumping by 182% in Northern Ireland, while Scotland has
seen orders of Greek food; such as moussaka, baklava and gyros; has rise by
167%. Vegan and vegetarian orders are also on the rise, with plant based
takeaways rising by almost a third (29%). Not every part of the UK is onboard
with the veggie options, however, as they've dipped by 10% in the Midlands and
7% in Scotland compared to before lockdown.
Tom Squire, Financial Director at City Pantry, comments:- "As businesses and
individuals continue to adapt to the ‘new normal' and practice social
distancing, it's likely we will see further growth in delivered in meals. As
such, it's important that we in the hospitality industry continue to work
together to find solutions that are COVID-safe and adapt to meet the evolving
needs of consumers. We've already seen hospitality businesses adapt and create
new offerings during lockdown - from creating recipe boxes of their best selling
dishes to hampers that include treats and alcohol, all available for delivery to
people's homes. Convenience and variety have played a big role in this increased
demand, with busy remote workers not able to spend sufficient time preparing all
their meals from scratch every day.”
And increased alcohol sales isn't the only habit that has increased during
lockdown; dessert orders have risen by a massive 151% in Wales and 141% in the
East of England, while the average takeaway order value is now 10% higher than
To find out more about the North / South divide when it comes to takeaways,
organisations unite in warning the Government of the dire public
health consequence of ignoring test and trace
PRIVACY organisations have
demanded that the UK Government clarify how people's private
data will be kept safe and secure under the new Test and
Trace regulations, which come into full force with the
launch of the NHSX App. Pubs, cafes, restaurants and even
workplace canteens are legally required to refuse entry to
anyone who declines to use the NHSX App or provide accurate
personal details. Privacy organisations the Open Rights
Group (ORG) and Big Brother Watch have jointly instructed
data rights agency AWO to send a legal letter to the
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care demanding the
Government provide information on how Citizens' data will be
kept safe and secure.
The Government has so far failed to
provide a public Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) or
explain how pubs and bars are to legally and securely
collect and store the personal details of their customers.
Customers must use the NHSX App, or businesses must collect
their details, in order to comply with the new law. As a
result, it appears likely that customer information may not
be handled safely, legally or competently. Ad hoc collection
has already come under criticism for being abused for
unlawful advertising purposes and even harassing customers.
The letter also asks whether Government have conducted a
DPIA for the Test and Trace programme as a whole. Back in
July the Government admitted that the Test and Trace
programme has been operating unlawfully from the beginning
due to its failure to produce a legally required data safety
Jim Killock Executive Director of Open Rights Group said:-
“Government's 1st duty is to protect its Citizens.
This Government's reckless behaviour is once again
endangering public health. We have long argued that the
Government's test and trace programme must be trusted by the
public in order to effectively protect us from COVID-19.
This Government's failure to conduct the legally required
data safety assessment means that no one knows how people's
details will be safely and legally collected, stored and
protected by bars, restaurants, and coffee shops. No one
knows what will happen if things goes wrong and this
Government doesn't seem to have thought this through. This
Government has had 6 months to fix the test and trace
programme and on the eve of the launch of this App one thing
is for certain; this Government is flying by the seat of its
Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch said:-
"This law could easily lead to the mass recording of our
movements and there is a serious question as to whether this
is safe and lawful. The Government's new approach to contact
tracing is no longer based on public trust, but on
exclusion, criminal sanctions and Police enforcement. Many
people will be rightly shocked to find they're refused entry
to coffee shops and restaurants unless they use the NHSX App
or hand over their personal contact details. Businesses
won't be able to comply with this draconian new diktat as
well as data protection law and many will be fearing
sanctions. This is an excessive law that poses a serious
risk to privacy and data rights."
Ravi Naik, Legal Director at data rights agency AWO
instructed to act on behalf of Open Rights Group and Big
Brother Watch said:- "The Regulations come into full
force without sufficient clarity as to how they will be
implemented. Our clients have therefore had to ask questions
to the Secretary of State as to how the regulations will be
implemented, the relationship between those providing the
data and the wider tracing system and basic questions about
how data will be collected and stored. That they have had to
ask such questions is concerning when criminal sanctions are
Police issue statement about the music event, at Isla
Gladstone, Anfield, that took place on Friday 25 September
MERSEYSIDE Police Superintendent Chris Gibson said:-
“Although this was an approved and organised event,
Police action was required when it became clear that current
Covid restrictions were being breached, as well as the
health and safety risk assessment at the premises. This
footage on our
Twitter account shows the
complete lack of social distancing, with large groups mixing
in close proximity, people dancing on tables and very few of
those in attendance sitting down. The event was brought to a
close a short time later, people dispersed, and our
enquiries continue. As we continue to emphasise, Merseyside
and other areas of the north west remain at serious risk,
and we cannot carry on as normal, mixing with large crowds.
The health implications for this and other gatherings could
be catastrophic for the most vulnerable people in our
communities. We continue to have additional policing
resources in place across Merseyside this weekend and, as
they have been since the start of the pandemic, our officers
will engage with the public, encourage people to adhere to
the new restrictions, explain why it is so important and
where necessary we will take enforcement action. It's vital
we deter the spread and reduce our increasing rate of
infections. These restrictions are frustrating for all of
us, but this is the only way to move back to normality as
soon as we can."
If you have information on criminality, anti-social
behaviour or events and gatherings, you can contact us on:-
101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800555111.
Total UK cases COVID19 cases
in and around Liverpool City Region
total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, within the UK, has risen by
5,693 cases and the
total number now stand at
434,969, that includes tests
carried out by commercial partners which are not included in
the 4 National totals.
The number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be
17 according to the
Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people
who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public
Health or NHS laboratory is
The number of COVID-19 patients currently in UK Hospitals:-
1,727. The current number of COVID-19 patients currently in
mechanical ventilation beds in UK Hospitals:-
number of COVID-19 patients admitted to UK Hospitals:-
In England, there are a total of 373,719 confirmed cases.
North West - total of:- 79,417 confirmed cases.
The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the
Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
Area and number of confirmed cases:-
St. Helens, 2,026
1 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
number of laboratory confirmed cases within
Local Authorities around the Liverpool City
Region are as follows:-
with Darwen, 2,610 confirmed cases.
Blackpool, 1,346 confirmed cases.
Bolton, 4,570 confirmed cases.
Bury, 2,510 confirmed cases.
Cheshire East, 2,852 confirmed cases.
Cheshire West and Chester, 2,605
Preston, 2,109 confirmed cases.
Stockport, 2,618 confirmed cases.
Covid19 deaths are now measured across the UK as deaths that
occurred within 28 days of the 1st laboratory confirmed
positive Covid19 test. Daily and cumulative
numbers of COVID19 patients admitted to Hospital. Data are
not updated every day by all 4 nations and the figures are
not comparable as Wales include suspected COVID19 patients
while the other nations include only confirmed cases.
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