Government guidance

Latest position on lock down from 5 November 2020

The new Lockdown Regulations (The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020)

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/contents/made

Outline restrictions on Licensed Premises in England from 5 November 2020.

The Regulations provide that Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close for consumption on the premises.

Provision of food and drink (including alcohol) may be provided for consumption off the premises, subject to specific requirements outlined below:

Food or drink - No alcohol

  • Between the hours of 05:00 and 22:00 a premises may sell food or drink for take-away, and the purchaser can enter the premises to collect the food or drink (not including alcohol)
  • After 22:00 till 05:00 the next morning, premises may sell food and drink (not alcohol), but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. For collections purchasers must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle in the case of drive-thru’s

Alcohol

  • A premises may sell alcohol at any time but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. On collections the purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle when taking a drive-thru facility


The Regulations do not however override the hours and conditions of each individual Premises Licence, and these must be adhered to at all times.

Off licences are exempt from the above as they are not a business that is required to close, however they are still subject to their current Premises Licence hours and conditions.

The above is subject to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment that the premises should have if remaining open during the Lockdown period.

New Temporary Off-Sales Permissions

The Business and Planning Act 2020 came into effect on the 22 July 2020. The Act temporarily modifies the Licensing Act 2003 to provide an automatic extension to the terms of most premises licences which only permit the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. This will make it easier for licensed premises to sell alcohol to customers for consumption off the premises in England and Wales, which will allow businesses to trade and maintain social distancing.

See the guidance on the new temporary modifications which will have effect until the 30 September 2021.

More advice for reopening businesses

You can find further information on preparing your business for reopening on our coronavirus business support pages.

Guidance from UKHospitality.org.uk: COVID-19 secure advice and risk assessments