Restaurants And Bars
This follows the recent forced closure of pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and bars and many other retailers. There are limited retailers which have been deemed necessary and essential including supermarkets and convenience stores. These retailers are experiencing their most busiest times and have been unable to keep up with demand. On 25 March 2020, off-licences were added to the list of essential UK retailers.
Such retailers are in a difficult position as they are having to manage public demand against the threat of escalating infections and staff illnesses. Many retailers have imposed restrictions on the number of customers permitted in-store at one time. Some retailers have also allocated time slots dedicated solely for the elderly and key workers.
For those retailers wishing to extend their hours in order to cater for the extreme demand in these extraordinary circumstances, temporary event notice applications can be lodged with the relevant local authority to permit longer hours for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. There are various restrictions associated with these types of applications including a limit on the number of temporary event notices which can be applied for per calendar year and retailers may wish to utilise their allowance now whilst demand is high.
Retailers wishing to apply for longer hours will need to check whether the planning permission for the premises contains any restrictions on hours of use.
* Further advice can be sought from us.