An image share on UK social media which claims that a strict ban on alcohol consumption, sale and purchase of alcohol has been issued “with immediate effect” by the UK’s National Health Service is misinformation and Fake News.
The image was released across social media in an apparent text statement, entitled “Coronavirus: public information” which carries the HM Government logo and NHS logo at the top. This document is not authentic.
Within the image there is a fake statement which reads “A strict ban of alcohol has been issued with immediate effect. Simon Stevens, chief executive of the N.H.S has ordered a ban on consumption of alcohol after his team have discovered that the toxin lowers immunity. This means that all sales have stopped from 29/03/2020. It falls under an emergency health legislation, which means that it is now illegal to purchase, sell and consume alcohol. Anyone caught breaching the new law will be severely sanctioned to protect everyone against the battle of Covid-19.”
This is fake news the NHS and the British Government have not banned the sale, purchase or consumption of alcohol.
We’ve seen a number of misleading posts doing the rounds on social media about an alcohol ban enacted by the NHS. These are completely false. Please make sure you’re getting your #coronavirus information from reputable sources — https://t.co/ZYYFNxwJXf or https://t.co/jxQnSBB3zU. pic.twitter.com/EGr9m416Vg
— NHS England and NHS Improvement (@NHSEngland) March 30, 2020
It does remain true the people within the UK are currently not able to drink within pubs or bars.
On March 23, 2020, the government ordered the closure of “restaurants and public houses, wine bars or other food and drink establishments including within hotels and members’ clubs”,
Those shops which are off-licences or licenced shops are able to remain selling alcohol.