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More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government. For more information about this announcement, visit the government website here.
- Simpler licensing process for outdoor seating for pubs, restaurants and cafes
- Councils encouraged to reduce red-tape and create more outdoor markets
- Government plans to support outdoor dining as part of efforts to help the economy bounce back from coronavirus
- Part of comprehensive plan to revive high streets, support the hospitality industry and help get people back to work
More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government today (25 June 2020).
The government will simplify and reduce the costs of the licensing process for outdoor seating and stalls, making it easier for people to safely drink and dine outside.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to use car parks and terraces as dining and drinking areas, using their existing seating licenses.
Temporary changes to licensing laws will allow many more licensed premises, such as pubs and restaurants, to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. Customers will be able to buy their drinks from a pub and consume them elsewhere, making social distancing easier.
These measures will give an immediate and much needed boost to many businesses, whilst supporting them to successfully reopen over the summer.
This builds on support introduced in March allowing many food and drink business, including pubs, to offer a takeaway service. Additionally, these changes will support hospitality staff return to work safely, revive businesses and provide a real boost to high streets affected by the pandemic.
This Bill is the next step to enable people to socialise this summer and enjoy the best of British hospitality in a COVID-secure way – helping businesses get back up and running and employees return to work.