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25 June 2020

Government outlines plans to introduce a bill 'to enable people to socialise this summer and enjoy the best of British hospitality in a COVID-secure way'

Introduced by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department for Transport, The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, and The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP

Targeted at

Pubs, restaurants and cafes


Published on 25 June 2020

Stated aims

To support businesses to reopen over the summer and enable people to socialise this summer


The government sets out plans that will allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outdoors. This includes a simpler licensing process for outdoor seating and stalls, the ability to use car parks and terraces as dining and drinking areas using existing seating licences, and changes to licensing laws to allow more premises to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises. The government says the new laws will support staff to return to work safely. The alcohol provisions apply to England and Wales. Other measures apply to England only. Business Secretary Alok Sharma states, 'This week we gave our vital hospitality sector the green light to reopen from 4 July, and today we are introducing new legislation to enable businesses to make the most of the crucial summer months ahead.'


Gov.uk press release