Licensed Premises and 2nd National Lockdown

Licensing Services

Overview

The new Lockdown Regulations took effect on Thursday 5th November 2020 and impose new restrictions on Licensed Premises.
 

The Regulations require hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs to close for consumption of food and drink on the premises. This includes areas adjacent to the premises where seating is available for customers to use while consuming food and drink served from the premises. 

Food and drink (including alcohol) may be provided for consumption off the premises, subject to the following:

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.
     
  • After 22:00 till 05:00 the next morning, premises may sell food and drink, but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

Alcohol

  • A licensed 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. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

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

Off licences are exempt from these requirements as they are not a business that must close. However they must still follow  their current Premises Licence hours and conditions.

View a copy of the full Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020.