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Pavement licences to be extended for 12 months

16th July 2021

Pavement licences will continue to run for another year in England in an effort to help hospitality get back on its feet.

Seen as an instrumental initiative when first introduced, the pavement licences served as a streamlined solution to permit indoor-reliant hospitality businesses to expand their seating out onto adjacent pavements.

The initial move proved popular with customers and venues during a particularly hot summer, and a comparable heatwave is expected to hit the over the coming weeks.

Now many individuals are pushing for this simple licensing to become a permanent initiative for venues.

The CEO of UK Hospitality, Kate Nicholls, commented that:

“The extension – and potential permanent retention – of streamlined pavement licensing is a real boost for pubs, cafes and restaurants, who will be delighted that they can continue to make use of outdoor areas, helping them to navigate their way more speedily back to profitability”.

Whilst this is certainly a positive boost for hospitality venues, the industry is thought to have accumulated £2.5bn worth of rent debt since the start of the pandemic.

This initiative is therefore as much a necessity as it is a bonus for these hardest-hit businesses.

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