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Reopening your premises following the pandemic

Government guidance

The Government has issued guidance documents to pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and other licensed premises both open and hoping to reopen. The guidance details how licensed businesses can open safely while minimising the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Guidance for hotels and other accommodation is available on the Government's website, along with guidance for pubs, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and takeaway services.

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 2022.

More advice for reopening businesses

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

Guidance from COVID-19 secure advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses