EATERIES in Manningtree have announced the changes they have made to comply with the Government's latest coronavirus restrictions.

Since Thursday pubs and restaurants have been given a 10pm curfew to try and halt the spread of the virus.

Under the Government's latest rules, customers must now wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink.

Staff are now required to wear a face covering too and eateries can no longer take bookings of more than six people to comply with the rules.

To adhere to these rules, the Red Lion, in Manningtree, is now taking its last orders at 9.30pm.

A statement from the pub, in South Street, said: “We will carry on with seating only and table service.

"We miss you at the bar but you guys get waited on hand and foot without having to queue at the bar now.”

The pub will also have a track and trace NHS QR code available for those with smart phones wanting to opt in.

It added: “As much as this is extra work for you - it is for us and the staff too.

"Please don’t be cross with us for trying to keep your pub open and our staff and customers safe.

“We are doing our best to keep the warm and friendly atmosphere you have always known."

Lucca Enoteca, in High Street, Manningtree, has reminded customers they need to wear a mask on their visit via its social media pages.

A statement on the Italian restaurant's Facebook page said: "Remember we have plenty of room to spread out when you sit down as our tables are well spaced.

"We also offer heated outdoor seating, if you prefer.

"Our team have all been masked up since relaunch in July and, even though the smiles are hidden for the moment, they are always happy to see you."

The Estuary Wine Bar, in High Street, is asking customers to read the rules before entering the bar.

A spokesman said: "We ask people to help us with this and follow these rules. Anyone not following these rules will be asked to leave."

Food will only be served at the bar between noon and 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The bar is only running table service, which means customers need to hold up a 'we’re ready' sign so a member of the team will take their order.

Last orders will be at 9.30pm.