Date: 29 Jun 2020
Category: News

More pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outdoors in plans announced by the government.

  • New laws will help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs safely
  • 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 (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. 

Proposed planning freedoms will mean that outdoor markets, pop-up car-boot sales or summer fairs will not need a planning application, which will transform the way people shop and socialise.  

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.