In the wake of news from the government that pubs, bars & restaurants can reopen for drinkers and diners on 4th July, many hospitality business owners are concerned about the space they’ll need to allow for social distancing.
Pubs, bars & restaurants, however, will be able to offer al fresco dining and takeaway drinks under new legislation designed to reopen the hospitality sector.
Ministers are set to introduce new legislation today that will temporarily change licensing laws to allow hospitality businesses to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises including on pavements and in parks to allow for social distancing.
The new legislation will also mean that pubs, bars and restaurants can convert their car parks and terraces into temporary beer gardens, as well as being able to place tables and chairs on the pavement.
In addition, the government’s new “Business & Planning Bill” means outdoor markets, car boot sales and summer fairs will temporarily not be required to make planning applications.
This new legislation comes after the Prime Minister announced the biggest easing of lockdown restrictions on Tuesday which means pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers are allowed to reopen from 4th July.
Along with the hospitality sector reopening which will be a massive boost to the economy, the Prime Minister announced a change to social distancing rules, reducing social distancing to “1m plus” where 2m is not viable.
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