Al fresco dining boost for businesses

Temporary changes, brought in to help pubs, cafes and restaurants take advantage of the warm weather and operate outside, are extended and will be made permanent next year.

Temporary changes brought in during COVID-19 which make it quicker, easier and cheaper for business to get a licence to serve food and drink on pavements and pedestrianised roads have been extended. The extension will continue until the changes are made permanent in the spring.

The change was first introduced to help businesses keep operating during the pandemic and was widely welcomed by the public, café owners and pub landlords.

The announcement will make sure that businesses can keep operating outside by extending the temporary provisions that were due to expire in September 2022, before the permanent changes become law.

For further information visit Al fresco dining boost for businesses - GOV.UK (

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