Hungry punters hunting for a late-night feed won't be entirely disappointed as fresh lockdown curfews for pubs and restaurants won't hit home deliveries.

Popular food delivery services like Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat will still be able to drop off meals at people's doors between 10pm and 5am, despite the Prime Minister's announcement today.

England's new curfew rules announced by Boris Johnson will force customers out of pubs and restaurants at 10pm in a bid to curb surging coronavirus infection rates.

But there will be some changes to what delivery options the app services can offer, as the new laws kick in.

The rules mean walk-in takeaways popular with night owls - like kebab shops, chicken shops, and high street fast food chains - will have to shut their doors at 10pm.

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The new rules won't stop UberEats deliveries after 10pm

But brands including Deliveroo and Uber Eats have reassured customers today confused by the new rules that they will still be able to get their favourite takeaways delivered to their doorstep.

The service sent an email out to its users today to assure it would continue deliveries after 10pm, in line with government rules.

It clarified what services would remain on offer after the PM told the nation in his speech in the Commons today: "There will be a legal requirement for the hospitality sector to operate with table service.

"The same [10pm closure rules] will apply to takeaways but deliveries can continue thereafter."

A Deliveroo spokesman told Mirror Online: "Our amazing customers will still be able to order their favourite takeaways, groceries and essentials from the Deliveroo app, even after 10pm.

Boris Johnson announced the new measures this afternoon
Boris Johnson announced the new measures this afternoon

"We are here to deliver and ensure that people can get the food they need and also support their local restaurants during this pandemic."

But Deliveroo warned the law-change announced by the PM means its riders  can no longer operate 'Pick Up' and 'Click and Collect' services from restaurants.

The two services allowed customers to order via the Deliveroo app and go to fetch their own meals - but that would no longer be allowed after 10pm in the takeaway curfew rules.

An Uber Eats spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister has clearly stated that delivery services will remain available, which means you can continue to order from your favourite restaurant via the Uber Eats app, even after 10pm.

"So whether it is a late night coffee, an early morning pancake, or anything in between, we are here for you.”

Deliveries after 10pm and before 5am will continue in the latest change

It comes as the hospitality sector slams the latest lockdown change that will force pubs, bars, restaurants and other eateries to offer table-service only, and to shut their doors at 10pm as they grapple with mounting job losses.

The fresh rules mean last orders will have to be offered well before the cut-off time, to avoid customers lingering beyond the deadline.

Critics of the new rules brought in to curb skyrocketing Covid-19 infection rates across the UK have highlighted a major loophole.

The curfew does not extend to entertainment in people's homes.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove earlier today said the rules would "make a difference", adding: "There is evidence that the longer venues stay open, the greater degree of social mixing that takes place."

But asked if a group of six people could leave a pub at 10pm and carry on drinking at a house, Mr Gove suggested they could as this was within the rules.

While punters are affected by the 'rule of six' limiting gatherings indoors and outdoors in England - industry chiefs issued a stern warning on the tail of a summer of illegal raves and big parties.

Deliveroo will be able to continue delivering to people's homes after 10pm

Shutting pubs and restaurants at 10pm could lead to a "surge" in house parties "which are the real hot beds of infection", hospitality leaders said.

Michael Kill, chief executive of the Night-Time Industries Association, said the 10pm closures were a "devastating" blow, adding: "This curfew will lead to the demise of many of our most beloved cultural and entertainment venues.

"Businesses in the night-time economy are both shocked and disappointed by the Government's continued targeting of restrictions on late-night venues and bars, partially open at a fraction of their capacity, when they have admitted that the majority of transmission takes place in households.

The hospitality industry is reeling at the latest set of restrictions

"As a result of this measure, we foresee a surge of unregulated events and house parties which are the real hot beds of infection, attended by frustrated young people denied access to safe and legitimate night-time hospitality venues."

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer and Pubs Association, said curfew plans are "particularly heart-breaking" for pubs in areas where infection rates are under control.

"Make no mistake, a 10pm curfew will devastate our sector during an already challenging environment for pubs," she said.

"Pubs were struggling to break even before today and these latest restrictions will push some to breaking point.

"Removing a key trading hour on top of fragile consumer confidence and the reduced capacity pubs already face will put thousands more pubs and jobs at risk."

Read more on all the rules affecting pubs, restaurants, and takeaways here.