Coronavirus: New laws to ease outdoor drinking and dining rules


Taprooms and restaurants will more easily be able to turn pavements, terraces and identical car parks into outdoor areas under proposals to boost the courteousness industry in England and Wales.

Outdoor markets and summer fairs discretion also no longer need planning permission as rules are relaxed.

The command says it will make socialising safely outdoors easier when the cordiality industry reopens.

It will also help struggling businesses in the “decisive” summer months ahead.

Hospitality businesses have been incarcerate since 23 March to battle the spread of coronavirus but will reopen from 4 July as sexual distancing rules are eased.

However, they will have to undergo strict hygiene rules and demand could take time to mend.

With many hospitality businesses warning of closures, the government’s Firm and Planning Bill is meant to offer a shot in the arm to the sector.

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Controlled by temporary laws, pubs and restaurants in England and Wales would be superior to apply for “pavement licences” more easily so they could put foods and chairs outside their premises.

‘Crucial months’

The consultation interval for these applications would drop from 28 calendar hours to five working days, with automatic consent granted if there is no gathering decision after 10 working days.

The application fee would also be stooped to £100.

Meanwhile, in England only, the government will relax planning laws for out of doors markets and marquees, meaning they no longer need an application and can be set up for fancier.

It will also provide more freedoms for areas to hold car-boot jumble sales and summer fairs.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said: “Our dives, restaurants and cafes are the lifeblood of High Streets and town centres across the native land and we are doing all we can to ensure they can bounce back as quickly and safely as plausible.

“This week we gave our vital hospitality sector the green elucidate to reopen from July 4, and today we are introducing new legislation to license businesses to make the most of the crucial summer months ahead.”

Directorates will need to continue to ensure their communities are consulted on permit applications, that waste is disposed of responsibly, and that access to pavements and pedestrianised limits are not compromised as a result of the changes.

The Bill was laid before Parliament on Thursday and disposition be debated by MPs on Monday, Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg confirmed.

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