The long waited Government guidance for pubs, bars and other licences premises has now been issued following the Government’s announcement yesterday that these venues can open on 4 July. 

The guidance for premises licence holders covers:

1.       Thinking about risk

2.       Keeping your customers and visitors safe

3.       Who should go to work

4.       Social distancing for workers

5.       Cleaning the workplace

6.       Personal protective equipment (PPE) and face coverings

7.       Workforce management

8.       Inbound and outbound goods

The scope of the applies to “any food preparation or service setting where food and drink is sold for consumption at venues or for takeaway or delivery” including restaurants, pubs, bars, beer gardens, food to go, cafes, social and similar clubs operating as bars and restaurants, mobile catering and contract catering or similar environments where food and drink is purchased and consumed at a venue in their indoor or outdoor areas or offered for takeaway or delivery.

This guidance also considers entertainment in restaurants, pubs and bars and similar venues where food or drink is served, provided they meet current government criteria for safe reopening.

The visitor economy

The Government has also issued visitor economy guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.

Stephen McCaffrey

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

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