Pub, cafe and restaurant owners will be pleased to learn that the temporary changes made to gain a licence to serve food and drink outside, have been extended and made permanent.
The changes were originally brought in during Covid-19 to help pubs, cafes and restaurants take advantage of warm weather and operate their business outside.
It made it much easier and cheaper for businesses to obtain a licence to allow them to serve food and drink on pavements and pedestrianised roads.
The changes were meant to expire in September and have now been extended until they are made permanent in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill next year.
Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, commented, “We want to see bustling town centres across the country and that’s why the changes we made to licensing rules will become permanent.
“Making al fresco dining a permanent fixture on our high streets is part of our plan to level up communities and create vibrant places people want to live and work.”
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