Further advice issued by the Government today (25/03/2020) has provided further clarity on exemptions for enforced enclosures.

The advice published today has confirmed that “off-licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries” can remain open.

Other advice issues that is relevant to the licensed trade:

·         Hotels with notable exceptions:

o   Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so.

o   Key workers, permanent residents, and non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.

o   People who are unable to move into a new home due to the current restrictions can also stay at hotels.

o   Where hotels, hostels, and B&Bs are providing rooms to support homeless and other vulnerable people such as those who cannot safely stay in their home, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies, they may remain open.

o   Hotels are allowed to host blood donation sessions.

·         Cinemas, theatres and concert halls with notable exceptions:

o   Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible where Public Health England guidelines are observed.


Nightclubs and bars in hotels or members’ clubs are to remain closed without exemption.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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