British bar owner James Aspell says he was going broke after the government in the U.K. forced him to close down his business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Then Aspell hatched a plan to reopen: convert his bar into a church.
The United Kingdom allows places of worship to remain open during the Coronavirus lockdown, so James Aspell says he hoping to turn 400 Rabbits Tequila and Mezcal Cocktail Bar into “The Church of The Four Hundred Rabbits.”
According to the BBC, the lockdown measures consist of three tiers:
The first tier simply applies the rule of six to indoor and outdoor settings. That means only groups of six or smaller may gather.
Tier 2 applies the rule of six to outdoor gatherings, but prohibits household mixing anywhere indoors.
Tier 3 allows household mixing in public spaces, like parks.
Bars in Tier 2 may only open to serve “substantial meals.” Bars in the third tier are only allowed to operate as a takeout or delivery service, the BBC reported.
“With the new restrictions, we’re forced to close and it could be months before we can reopen. We don’t have a food offering so even if we were in Tier 2, we couldn’t open,” Aspell Nottingham Post.
Aspell submitted his application to Nottingham’s registrar general for consideration. While he waits, his establishment will be signing up new members of its congregation.
Hammer and Nigel have more in today’s edition of “Booze News.”