Hospitality businesses urged to apply for pavement licences
Hospitality businesses, including pubs and restaurants, are being urged to apply for pavement licences so they are ready to serve customers when outdoor services resume.
From April 12, hospitality venues can offer an outdoor table service to customers and no meal or curfew is needed.
In line with the upcoming changes, government legislation is set to be amended meaning that licences will be valid for 12 months.
In an attempt to boost local businesses, owners are also being given an extension on their right to erect a marquee on private land such as a pub car park.
This is set to be increased from 28 days to 56 days.
Councillor Daren Hale said:
“It is absolutely vital that we, as a council, do everything we can to help business owners ensure the city’s economy recovers quickly.
“I’m delighted that we have been able to provide £77m in grants during the pandemic and we are now looking to the future and how we can help Hull bounce back.
“These Pavement Licences are the first step in helping businesses in the hospitality sector to recover from the pain of the pandemic. Our business support team is working extremely hard to support all businesses in the city and making sure the path is clear to a strong recovery.
“However, we must ensure these businesses are opening up safely and we will enable this with conditional approvals, restricting the numbers of tables and chairs to ensure the spaces are covid secure.”
Hull City Council are already processing a number of Pavement Licence applications from venues across the city.