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19 July 2021 | Comment | Article by Martin Jones

The rules for licensed premises in England from today


From Monday 19 July 2021, restrictions on on-licensed premises in England have been lifted.

Pubs & Restaurants

  • Capacity limits have been removed;
  • The rule of 6 or 2 households has been lifted;
  • Table service only has been removed;
  • Social distancing guidelines have been removed;
  • Face coverings are no longer mandatory but still recommended in enclosed, crowded spaces;
  • There is no legal requirement for customers to check in to a premises using the NHS Covid app, although they can do so if they wish and premises can take information for track and trace purposes if they wish, although this no longer mandatory.

Events & Music Venues

  • Nightclubs can re-open;
  • Communal singing is permitted;
  • There are no limits on permitted numbers at concerts, theatres or sporting events;
  • There is no legal requirement for customers to check in to a premises using the NHS Covid app, although they can do so if they wish and premises can take information for track and trace purposes if they wish, although this no longer mandatory;
  • You should consider the use of the NHS COVID Pass, a customer can obtain a pass through the NHS App, the NHS Website or as a letter requested by ringing NHS 119. It is not mandatory to use the NHS COVID Pass but it’s use may help reduce transmission rates. If you do use NHS COVID Pass you must ensure you comply with all legal obligations and guidance published by the Government.

Remember, Covid-19 is still spreading so measures such as hand sanitising should still be encouraged not only for customers’ safety but for the safety of your staff.

Further guidance can be found here, which includes practical measures such as cleaning and sanitising Restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and takeaway services – Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance from Step 4 – Guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you require any further advice or guidance on the above or any other licensing matter please contact our specialist licencing team.

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As the Head of the Regulatory Department, Martin acts in a wide-range of regulatory crime and professional regulation matters. Martin has built up over 20 years of experience and a wealth of specialist knowledge. He leads the firm’s cross-departmental alcohol and gaming licensing teams. Additionally Martin manages the teams providing a range of outsourced services to local authorities, including court representation of local authorities Adult and Children’s Services Departments.
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