Fylde Council is reaching out to the hospitality sector to support businesses and help them prepare for a great British summer.

In line with the Government’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions, the council is asking for hospitality businesses such as cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs to get in touch about their plans for reopening.

If the lockdown easing goes to plan, businesses can provide an outdoor service from April 12th and an indoor service from May 17th.

Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, is urging local councils to do everything they can to help hospitality businesses reopen safely and prosper.

Councillor Tommy Threlfall, Chairman of Environment, Health and Housing Committee at Fylde Council, said: “The Fylde is famous for its hospitality and we want to help as many businesses as possible ensure they can re-open safely.

“This does not mean it is business as usual quite yet but we have a shared goal to help keep the infection rate low and allow the hospitality trade to start fully operating again, and make the most of a great British summer.

“We would like businesses to get in touch and tell us their plans so we can do whatever it takes to get them up and running again.”

A new, simplified route to obtain a temporary pavement licence to make the most of local high streets and squares for alfesco dining is now available. There is also greater flexibility for outdoor events to be held without the need for a planning application including car boots sales and markets.

Guidance from the Government about the stage two reopening from April 12th is expected to be published around the 5 April 2021.

It is expected to include a number of conditions including customers eating or drinking must be served at a table but there will be no requirement to serve food alongside alcohol.

No more than 2 households may be seated together or up to six people from more than two households.

Face coverings, social distancing rules and capturing customer details as well as premises operating in a Covid secure manner with safe occupancy levels will have to be maintained.

It is recommended that hospitality staff get weekly Covid testing.

To help Fylde Council to provide further support email: Hospitalityhelp@fylde.gov.uk confirming if you are intending to open up for outdoor service from stage 2 (not before 12 April) or to open up for indoor service from stage 3 (not before 17 May).

For more information visit https://new.fylde.gov.uk/coronavirus/


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