Two in five British venues can offer outdoor service

Fewer than 40% of bars and pubs in Great Britain have outside space that could be used to seat guests, according to new data released ahead of the reopening of outdoor hospitality. Pubs, bars and restaurants in England could reopen for outdoor service on 12 April, provided targets on Covid-19 cases and vaccines are met. Indoor hospitality cannot resume until 17 May at the earliest. Ahead of the reopening of the on-trade in England, researchers…

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GMB slams ‘reckless’ vaccine passports for bars

Proposed vaccine passports to allow inoculated drinkers to visit pubs and bars in the UK have been branded “reckless” by trade union GMB. The UK government is considering implementing so-called vaccine passports for individuals that have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccination. The passports could allow individuals with immunisation against the virus greater freedoms as lockdown measures ease across the country. However, the proposals have been slammed by GMB, which warned such certification would…

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California tasting rooms reopen after legal challenge

Distillery tasting rooms in California can reopen with outdoor service and reduced indoor seating after a legal challenge against the County of Los Angeles. From 15 March, certain on-trade businesses in California were permitted to resume indoor operations at a limited capacity. Under the regulations at the time, restaurants, bars and other licensed premises with kitchen facilities were permitted to serve alcohol for indoor consumption without an accompanying sale of food. In contrast, onsite consumptions…

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Biden Signs Restaurant Relief Bill

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on March 11 signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act into law. The relief package includes the creation of the $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF), a key pandemic recovery tool for the industry. The bill’s final passage came exactly a year after the first restaurants were ordered to close due to the spread of Covid-19. The National Restaurant Association sent a plan to Congress urging the creation of an industry-specific…

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Pavement licences extended to help on-trade reopen

The UK government plans to extend the provision of pavement licences for pubs and bars to allow more venues to serve drinkers outdoors once lockdown measures ease. Under the proposed easing of lockdown measures in England, hospitality venues would be able to serve people outdoors only from 12 April. To support the reopening of more on-trade venues as restrictions lift, the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Robert Jenrick, has announced plans…

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