Red tape must be cut to make it easier for pubs and restaurants to have tables and chairs in the street or put up marquees in their beer gardens, the communities secretary has said. With the return of outdoor dining and drinking on 12 April, Robert Jenrick has called on every council leader to help the hospitality industry in every way possible after a year of enforced closures due to COVID-19 . He told them that planning rules for al fresco dining and temporary shelters must be waived unless there are exceptional circumstances. And in a further boost for the industry, he has extended the concession until the end of September 2022. Subscribe to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts , Google Podcasts , Spotify , Spreaker Advertisement Writing in the Sun on Sunday, he said: “I’m determined that we don’t let red tape get in the way of a great British summer. More from Covid-19 COVID-19: Teachers perform Take That’s Back For Good in parody video as they await students’ return to school COVID-19: Senate passes Joe Biden’s $1.9trn coronavirus relief plan after all-night debate COVID-19: People aged 56 to 59 invited to book in for a coronavirus jab… Read full this story
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