Plans to promote outdoor dining will boost hospitality recovery
25 June 2020
Posted by: Chris Banks
Simplifying plans to promote outdoor dining will provide a valuable boost to hospitality boost looking to bounce back after the COVID-19 crisis, says UKHospitality.
The Government has today announced plans to allow more pubs, restaurants and cafes to be able to serve customers outdoors.
The measures include a simplification of the licensing process and cutting of red tape, alongside plans to support outdoor dining.
Commenting on the announcement, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “Businesses will need all the help they can get to return to healthy trading and protecting jobs, so simplifying the licensing process and reducing red tape will be a great help. Opening up outdoor spaces for venues could be a vital lifesaver and mean the difference between a successful reopening or business failures and job losses.
“The devil will be in the detail, so it is important that we get some, clear guidance to ensure consistency of implementation across local authorities nationwide. These need to ensure minimal cost and notification rather than application.
“It has been encouraging to see some local authorities already considering how they can facilitate this. We hope that local authorities will jump at this chance to provide more space for businesses as it will be hugely valuable in keeping businesses going and saving as many jobs as possible.”