Coronavirus and Licensing
Licensing Act 2003 (sale or supply of alcohol, late night refreshment and regulated entertainment)
Many businesses will be worried about the impact that the current COVID-19 outbreak will have both in the short and long term.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 21 March 2020.
Below we have answered some of the key questions relating to the uncertainty and disruption brought by COVID-19 and the potential impact on your licence.
How long are the new rules likely to last for?
The new measures come into force on 4 July 2020 and will be reviewed by the Government regularly.
Who can I contact about making changes to my premises to ensure it is COVID-19 safe?
Please keep in mind that changes to the layout of your premises may require an application to be made under the Licensing Act 2003. Before making any changes, please contact the Licensing Team for advice. If you need assistance with developing your COVID-19 Risk Assessment, please refer to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance available online.
Who will make sure that the new Regulations are complied with?
Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards Officers will monitor compliance with the Regulations, with Police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and premises that breach them may be subject to prohibition notices, fixed penalty notices or prosecution.
My Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) has called in sick and has to self-isolate. Do I need to specify a new DPS?
In circumstances where someone is self-isolating because of concerns about possible COVID-19 symptoms you do not need to apply to vary the DPS. We would however advise that the DPS make sure, now, that their letter of authority is current and up to date to allow deputies, assistants and other staff to operate the business in their absence. Template authorisations are available from the Licensing Team. If your DPS will not be returning to the business, you will need to apply to specify a new supervisor immediately.