York Councillors Ashley Mason and Denise Craghill have earlier this week written to the Home Secretary to highlight concerns regarding the lack of Government guidance on the reopening of hospitality premises.
Following the recent Government announcements on further easing of lockdown measures from 4 July, City of York Council is continuing to work with the city’s businesses to provide the support necessary for shops and services to reopen safely and welcome costumers once again. The lifting of the restrictions is certainly welcome by businesses across the city, however, the Government’s proposed plans lack specific guidance on the proposed amendments to licencing arrangements for the reopening of the hospitality industry.
With licensed premises able to reopen and serve alcoholic drinks from 4 July, it is crucial that any unintended impacts on local communities are limited so that everyone is able to enjoy the city safely. As takeaway sales of alcoholic drinks are permitted for smaller businesses not able to use indoor space due to social distancing measures, Government must help local authorities and the Police implement arrangements to help ensure that drinks are sold and consumed responsibly and in accordance with social distancing measures.
Cllr Ashely Mason, Chair of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee, said:
“We welcome the Government’s announcements, which will allow York’s hospitality sector to reopen after months of closure, however, the Government needs to urgently clarify its guidance so that we can ensure these premises can re-open safely.”
“It is crucial that the Government considers the unintended impacts of the proposed changes and issues further guidance to the Council and Police on how we can make sure that residents are protected and can enjoy the city safely.”
“I’d like to thank council staff and the Police, who have been busy keeping our city safe and tidy. Whilst we welcome people returning to enjoy all that our beautiful city has to offer, we encourage everyone to stay safe, drink responsibly and be considerate towards others.”