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From today (28/09/20), additional requirements on licensed premises to stopping singing and dancing, not play music which exceeds 85db & signage and information on face coverings.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020

The Obligations of Undertakings amendment Regulations were published today and places the following additional requirements on licences venues:

Stopping singing and dancing

A person responsible for carrying on a business of a public house, café, restaurant or bar (including a bar in a hotel or members’ club) must, during the emergency period, take all reasonable measures to stop:

  1. singing on the premises by customers in groups of more than six; or
  2. dancing on the premises by customers.

The above does not apply in relation to dancing:

  1. at a wedding ceremony or wedding reception by the couple to whom the wedding relates; or
  2. at a civil partnership ceremony or reception following a civil partnership ceremony by the couple to whom the civil partnership ceremony relates.

Not play music which exceeds 85db

A person responsible for carrying on a business of a public house, café, restaurant or bar (including a bar in a hotel or members’ club) must, during the emergency period, ensure that no music is played on the premises which exceeds 85db(A) when measured at the source of the music. 

Signage and information on face coverings

A requirement on persons responsible for a business where people have to wear face coverings to display a notice at the relevant area informing persons on the premises of the requirement to:

  1. wear a face covering unless an exemption applies or the person has a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering; or
  2. to take other measures to ensure that persons entering the premises are so informed.

Stephen McCaffrey

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

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