We've published our plan to help the hospitality sector re-open safely from July 2020.
We also understand that businesses will have limited capacity due to social distancing. Therefore, we are introducing temporary measures to help businesses apply for a fast-track licence to use outdoor space for tables and chairs, and sell alcohol using a Temporary Event Notice.
We support the use of Temporary Event Notices (TENs) to allow businesses to sell alcohol only to customers within the outside space, as long as those customers are seated at the tables
Businesses who already have a premises licence that permits them to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises will generally be able to provide alcohol for customers using outside tables and chairs.
However, if your business doesn’t permit the sale of alcohol off the premises then alcohol cannot be served to customers at the new tables and chairs area.
TENs costs £21 each and applications must be made at least 5 working days before the first day alcohol is required.
TENs submitted that include regulated entertainment in outside spaces (for example playing music) are likely to be opposed and this could lead to delays.
We anticipate that the government will provide some relaxations to the provision of alcohol off the premises via upcoming emergency legislation. Therefore, the approach we are taking will provide a way for businesses to use outside spaces until any legislative relaxations are enacted.
A special fee of £100 will be required for our new fast-track scheme. Applications will generally be granted within 5 working days if they meet the requirements. The licence, if granted will be for a period of up to 3 months
Fast-track applications must include:
The following are not allowed via the fast-track scheme:
Businesses can apply for an extension of the licence at the end of the 3 month period.