The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (“the Regulations”) were approved on 15 September 2021. The number of permitted temporary event notices (“TENs”) for a single premises, will increase from 15 to 20 per annum and the maximum number of days will also increase from 21 to 26 days per annum, for events taking place in 2022 and 2023.
Some operators are choosing to make full use of their temporary event notice allowance, to extend their permitted hours of operation and licensable activities, in an attempt to make up lost revenue and increase their profits, following the impact of various restrictions imposed by the Government due to Covid-19. The increase in TENs permitted in 2022 and 2023 is welcomed by the hospitality industry.
The Regulations also extend the modification of premises licences to authorise off-sales of alcohol for a limited period, until 30 September 2022. This modification was originally introduced by the Business and Planning Act 2020 to permit licensed premises who already had permission to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises, to also sell alcohol for consumption off the premises, without making any variation to their premises licence (for a limited time period). Rules and exceptions apply.
If you intend to make off-sales of alcohol pursuant to the Regulations, you should notify the licensing authority (if you have not done so already) and you must prepare a Section 172F statement and keep it on the premises. It must be prominently displayed at the premises alongside your premises licence summary. Failure to do so without excuse is a criminal offence. Please contact us for further advice.
The Regulations are another attempt by the Government to help the hospitality industry recover after being hard hit by the restrictions following Covid-19.
For further advice and assistance, please contact Joanna Onisiforou, Associate – 0207 759 1371