Pubs, restaurants and cafes will be able to put tables on pavements for another year to help the hospitality industry recover. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has sent a letter to English councils urging them to do “everything possible” to get ready for high streets to reopen when step two of the lockdown easing roadmap happens. That includes extending measures introduced last year to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to apply for a licence, costing a maximum of £100, to put removable furniture outside their venues on pavements. Venues who applied for the licence before should not have to pay again or reapply, Mr Jenrick said. Hospitality venues will be allowed to open outside areas from 12 April at the earliest, with six people from different households or a larger group from two households. Advertisement When the speedy pavement licences were introduced last summer, local authorities were told they could grant them for a minimum of three months and up to 12 months or more, up to 30 September 2021. The rule, which also includes a maximum five business day decision, will now be extended for a further 12 months until September 2022, Mr Jenrick said. More from Covid-19 The road… Read full this story
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