A loophole in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions means pubs in Lytham St. Anne’s without a beer garden will still be able to open to serve pints to thirsty customers from Monday 12th April.
It has been confirmed that from 12th April pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes can use any outdoor area – such as a car park – as makeshift outdoor drinking and dining areas. Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said, ‘I know we all look forward to seeing our pubs, cafes and restaurants open their doors again and I’m determined to give them a helping hand to get back on their feet and their staff back to work safely. That’s why we are introducing changes to make it quicker, easier and cheaper for them to set up outdoor seating and street stalls to serve food and drink.”
Today (Sunday 03.2021) MP Jenrick tweeted, ‘We’re making it easier for pubs and restaurants to have tables and chairs in the street or put up marquees in their beer gardens. So al fresco dining on your high street will return this Spring.’
Business Secretary Alok Sharma added that re-opening the hospitality sector was a priority for the government: ‘Our pubs, restaurants and cafes are the lifeblood of high streets and town centres across the country and we are doing all we can to ensure they can bounce back as quickly and safely as possible.’
As well as being able to serve customers outside from April 12, the Government has also confirmed they can sell takeaway drinks. Therefore, this means people will be able to take freshly poured pints to the park or beach, as outdoor socialising between either six people or two separate households will be allowed from 29th March.