Lockdown rule change means ‘more pubs than expected’ will reopen in April

More pubs than expected will be able to reopen from April 12, when lockdown rules are due to change again.

The government has changed the rules, meaning thousands more pubs in England can start serving customers again, HertsLive reported.

The rule change allows pubs to erect gazebos and marquees so they can serve outside when the rules on lockdown in England update.

The Government says this will allow another 9,000 venues to reopen, reports The Mirror.

Under the new rules, it means any venue – even those with listed status – can put up a marquee or temporary structure of any size on their land without planning permission, and keep it up till September.

Side panels will need to be open for ventilation.

It follows earlier news that pubs without a beer garden can put chairs and tables in their car parks.

Venues with pavement access will also be able to put out tables and chairs for dining without having to go through the public consultation process that usually takes weeks.

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At the same time councils can apply for a share of £56million – a Welcome Back Fund – set aside for food or beer festivals to stimulate hospitality.

The money can be used for facilities such as outdoor seating, street cleaning, graffiti removal and planting.

Housing, Communities and Local Government Minister Robert Jenrick said “We have cut needless red tape to make it easier for pubs and restaurants to set up marquees, making the most of outdoor space and giving more people the chance to enjoy a meal or pint.

“Every pub in the land can now erect a marquee in their garden for the whole summer: A shot in the arm for our wonderful pubs.”

He added: “I am hugely grateful for the spirit and strength that business owners and communities have shown this year.”

Essex Live