Hospitality Industry: Smoking

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th April 2021.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in light of new covid-19 restrictions, what plans the Government has to implement a smoking ban in outdoor areas attached to pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has no plans to do so. Businesses themselves may make their own policies regarding such matters. In light of the impacts of COVID-19, the Business and Planning Act 2020 introduced temporary measures to make the process for obtaining a pavement licence for al fresco dining quicker and cheaper. Any licences granted under these temporary provisions will be subject to a smoke free seating condition, whereby the premise will need to make reasonable provision for seating outdoors, where smoking is not permitted. This will apply to businesses who obtain a pavement licence under the temporary provisions in the Business and Planning Act.

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