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Licensed Premises: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 30th June 2020.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will amend the Temporary Events Notice regulations to permit pubs to utilise outdoor spaces beyond the current maximum of 21 days in a calendar year to facilitate the safe re-opening of licensed premises.

Photo of Kit Malthouse Kit Malthouse The Minister of State, Home Department

The Government has no plans to change the regulations concerning temporary events. However, provisions in the Business and Planning Bill will grant a permission to make sales for consumption off the premises to many businesses that are currently only licensed for the consumption of alcohol on the premises. Other provisions will suspend licence conditions that overly restrict the hours of off-sales, ban off-sales in open containers and ban deliveries of alcohol. Alongside other provisions on pavement licensing, these measures will make it easier for licensed premises to expand into outdoor spaces.

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