Government To Tear Up Red Tape To Allow More Outdoor Drinking And Dining
On the day temperatures are set to soar to a record 34C – hotter than the Caribbean and Morocco – the government is publishing new legislation sweeping away dozens of planning regulations.
The result will be more food and alcohol on sale outdoors, more outdoor markets, car boot sales and summer fairs, all allowed without the burden of restrictive planning and licensing laws.
A Business and Planning Bill, packed with deregulation proposals, is being introduced in the Commons, with ministers claiming it will help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs safely.
Publication of the Bill follows the prime minister’s dramatic easing of the lockdown announced on Tuesday, when he urged Britons to “get out and enjoy themselves” when businesses re-open on 4 July.
At the heart of the legislation are measures to introduce outdoor dining in England this summer to help the economy bounce back from coronavirus, the government claims.
The aim is that more pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to serve customers outside, thanks to plans to simplify licensing processes and cut red tape.
“We are taking steps in this Bill to increase outdoor street trading and outdoor markets,” said a government source.
“We are working with councils across England to pedestrianise areas, and proposed planning freedoms will mean that outdoor markets, pop-up car-boot sales and summer fairs will not need a planning application, transforming the way people currently shop and socialise.”
New Bill Proposal To Ease And Allow Consumers Make Purchase From Licensed Business Premises
Under the Bill’s proposals, 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.
Pubs and restaurants will be able to use car parks and terraces as dining and drinking areas. The aim is that customers can therefore enjoy their drinks and food outside.
“These measures will give an immediate and much-needed boost to many businesses, as well as allow them to plan for a successful reopening on 4 July,” the government source added.
“This builds on support introduced in March allowing any food and drink business, including pubs, to offer a takeaway service. This will also support hospitality staff return to work safely, revive businesses and provide a real boost to high streets affected by the pandemic.
“This Bill is the next step to enable people to socialise this summer, and enjoy the best of British hospitality in a COVID secure way – helping businesses get back on their feet and employees return to work.”