A HOST of hospitality businesses in Northwich have praised customers for their ongoing support during the first weekend operating in Tier 2 lockdown.

With the latest raft of restrictions coming into effect last week, bars and restaurants around the town have had to cope with even more changes as to how they can operate.

While the 10pm curfew was imposed several weeks ago, Tier 2 brings new rules for the hospitality sector to contend with, including laws that prevent more than one household from mixing with another in any indoor setting.

Chris Mundie, owner of the town's much loved The Salty Dog, said the new restrictions have obviously had a negative effect on takings as he called for more consistency from central government.

He said: "As always we were held up by the our amazing customers who continue to support us in every way they can, we've adapted each time new legislation has come in and continue to do so.

"Obviously the new restrictions have had a direct affect on what comes in over the bar and for the sector in general I think we would all like to see a bit more consistency from central government and the reassurance that they have the correct support in place for any future tightening of restrictions."

Emma Smith, who along with licensee partner Danny Barton, runs the the Swinging Witch on Crown Street, said the first weekend proved to be a big hit with punters, with both indoor and outdoor areas operating at full capacity.

She said: "We've had some amazing reviews from customer's who have been in.

"We've been at capacity, both inside and out, and it's not affecting us at all.

"The support we've been getting has been phenomenal and everyone is sticking to the rules so it's been amazing to be honest.

"We've had groups of girls sitting outside with their coats and gloves on over the weekend.

"There's been some lovely comments on our Facebook page from people saying they felt really safe and although we're being strict, they felt really comfortable."