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Key Covid Hospitality Licensing Changes

As part of the governments efforts to control the second wave of the Coronavirus, new legislation has been put in place which will impact the hospitality sector.

These changes were announced by the government on the 22nd September 2020 and are anticipated to last six months.

The key changes are as follows:

Terminal hour
Businesses (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), selling food and drink must be closed to customers between 10pm and 5am. All customers should have left your establishment at this stage and no off sales are allowed beyond this time. The only exception are those providing a delivery service (ordered by website or phone) or drive through (customers must not exit the vehicle). This does not currently include supermarkets, off-licences and convenience stores.

Table Service
Food and drink must be ordered from and served to customers seated at a table. All reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink on the premises

Face Coverings
All staff must wear face coverings and all customers when not consuming food or drink at a table. (Exemptions apply).

Test and Trace
Customers’ details must be obtained and retained for 21 days. The official NHS QR code posters must be displayed within the premises.

Rule of 6
Any customers within your establishment must not be in a group larger than 6. (Unless specific exceptions apply).

Police licensing officers will be in the area to support businesses if you would like them to visit your premises please contact them directly: AWMailbox.Licensing@met.police.uk

Read in full the letter from the Metropolitan police to premise licence holders or designated premises supervisors here.

For more useful links and latest Government advice click here.