James Aspell is worried he might not be able to open until next April

A tequila bar owner in Nottingham has applied to become a place of worship so they can open under new tier 3 rules.

James Aspell, owner of the 400 Rabbits, in Hurts Yard wants to shine a light on the “contradictory nature” of the new tier system and the “unfair targeting of the hospitality industry”.

The 34-year-old is worried he won’t be able to welcome customers back until next April.

From Wednesday onwards, all bars in tier 3 areas will have to remain closed and can only offer takeaway or delivery.


However, in all tiers places of worship places are allowed to welcome members of the public from the same household or social bubble.

Mr Aspell said to apply to become a religion you need people to sign up to your congregation.

“Although it is meant as a bit tongue in cheek, there’s a serious point to it”
James Aspell, Owner of the 400 Rabbits

James Aspell said he was not expecting a fast response from the Registrar General

Despite the good-humoured nature of the application, Mr Aspell said “without the appropriate government support” many hospitality venues like his own will be forced to close.

“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive”

James Aspell, Owner of the 400 Rabbits

You can apply to become a member of the 400 Rabbits congregation by visiting The Church of the 400 Rabbits website.