Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants
More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government.
- 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.
- Proposed planning freedoms will mean that outdoor markets, pop-up car-boot sales or summer fairs will not need a planning application.
- 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. Find more here.