Covid reopening - step 4

The Government has published its plan for reopening businesses and premises. For full details of the government's plan please visit: GOV.UK - re-opening businesses and venues

Government Guidance dated 14 July 2021 (Step 4)

Business and Planning Act 2020

From 22 July 2020 the Business and Planning Act 2020 has temporarily modified the Licensing Act 2003 in order to provide for an automatic extension to the terms of most premises licences which only permit the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises to allow for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premise.

The new off-sales permission will permit off-sales to be made at a time when the licensed premises are open for the purposes of selling alcohol for consumption on the premises, subject to a cut-off time of 11pm or the closure time of an existing outside area, which is earlier.  Measures also temporarily suspend existing licence conditions in so far as they are inconsistent with the new off-sales permission.

Conditions on existing dual premises licences (permitting both on-sales and off-sales) that would prevent one or more of the following are also suspended under the temporary off-sales permission:

1. off-sales being made at a time when the premise is open for the purposes of selling alcohol for consumption on the premises (subject to a cut of time of 11pm or the closure time of an existing outdoor area, whichever is earlier;

2. off-sales being sold in an open container; and

3. deliveries to buildings used for residential or work purposes

The following premises are not affected:

  • premises licensed after 22 July 2020
  • premises licensed for off-sales only, such as shops and supermarkets
  • private members' clubs who hold a club premises certificate

The permission and any conditions attached to it are temporary.  The permission will lapse on 30 September 2021, unless the temporary period is extended by regulations made by the Secretary of State or is otherwise suspended, removed or varied.

You are not required to change either your licence or your summary to show that you are taking advantage of the permission, however, you must prepare "a section 172F statement" and details of what is required to be included in this can be found within the Government guidance issued for this matter. An example copy can be found here

The section 172F statement must be kept on the premises or under the control of the holder of the premises licence or a person who works at the premises who has been nominated by the holder of the premises licence for this purpose. A copy of the section 172 F statement must be prominently displayed at the premises alongside the summary of the premises licence.

The Government advises that if you want to start using this permission then you should notify the council as your licensing authority. Please notify us by email stating the name of the premises, when you wish to start selling alcohol as off-sales, and any measures that you intend to implement to prevent the activity from causing a nuisance.

Once we have sold alcohol as a takeaway are we responsible for controlling customers behaviour once they leave the premises?

It is your responsibility to ensure that alcohol is not sold to someone who is drunk, or that you are selling an irresponsible quantity of alcohol to one person. However, once they have left the immediate vicinity of your premises you are not responsible for controlling the customer's behaviour.  you do however, need to make sure that alcohol is sold and consumed responsibly. 

Can I set up a outside bar?

You can only set up a bar to serve alcohol outside if the outside area is included within the licensed area of your premises licence. The licensed area is identified on the plans that were approved as part of the premises licence application. 

Materials for businesses

The NHS posters - why and how customers check into venues 

Covid-19 re-opening toolkit

Restart Grant Scheme 

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses with premises in the rating list in non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, personal care, accommodation or gym sectors with a one-off grant, to help them reopen safely when restrictions are lifted.

This grant will not be automatically awarded to eligible businesses. You must apply for this grant below. Please note to be eligible for this grant your business premises must be in the rating list.