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An update of any new changes in licensing, press releases etc.

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Compulsory Test and Trace - COVID-19 Update for Premises

The government have have introduced new social gathering rules amid a rise in COVID-19 cases nationally. The number of people who can attend social gatherings will be reduced to six from Monday 14 September and failure to comply could result in a £100 fine, which would double on each repeat offence up to £3,200. 

The rules will apply across England to all ages and to indoor and outdoor gatherings. This includes private homes, parks, pubs, restaurants and sporting events. Exemptions to the new COVID-19 rules include support bubbles, weddings, funerals, schools, offices and places of worship. 

In terms of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants, groups will be limited to six, however COVID-secure premises will still be able to hold larger numbers of people. However, all premises will now be legally required to request Test and Trace information from customers and keep details for 21 days. This used to be on a voluntary basis - although advised. 

Formal review of The Licensing Act 2003 Statement of Licensing Policy begins

In line with The Licensing Act 2003 and associated regulations, it is now time to formally review East Riding of Yorkshire Councils Statement of Licensing Policy.

We are now seeking the views of the public and local businesses on the revised policy document as attached below.

Revised Statement of Licensing Policy Public Consultation (pdf 1mb)

Should you have any comments to make on the revised policy document, please put these in writing to:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk or by post: 

FAO Louise Wilson Licensing Manager
Licensing Team
County Hall
Cross Street
HU17 9BA. 

All comments must be received by 30 September 2020. 

COVID-19 Updated Guidance on Pet Animals 

As of 4 July 2020, the current guidance for dog breeding/pet shops/dog grooming and dog walking is available below:

Pet animals guidance issued 4 July 2020 (pdf 610kb) 

Change in guidance for the pub, bar and restaurant industry

Following the announcements of further relaxations for the pub, bar and restaurant industry yesterday, please see below a summary of these changes and a link to the full Government guidance document. 

Outside entertainment permissible 

From 11th July, venues should not permit indoor performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of droplets and aerosol transmission - from either the performer(s) or their audience. Venues should take account of the Performing Arts guidance in organising outdoor performances. Singing, wind and brass playing should be limited to professional contexts only. 

GOV.UK - Performing arts COVID-19 guidance

The Guidance still remains that you should not provide any entertainment that encourages people to unduly raise their voices, and should not permit close contact activities such as dancing. 

Any decision to provide entertainment outdoors, should still form part of a detailed risk assessment and be built in your COVID-Secure protocols to ensure the safety of your staff and customers moving forward. 

Fire risk assessment required

When a premises or space is proposed to be used a fire risk assessment should be carried out 

Below you can follow the link to read the full guidance document. 

GOV.UK - Working safely during COVID-19 guidance for restaurants 

'Lucy's Law' Third-party Puppy Sales Banned

On the 6 April 2020, the Government has introduced landmark new legislation to tackle the low-welfare, high volume supply of puppies and kittens, by banning their commercial third-party sale in England.

'Lucy’s Law' means that anyone wanting to get a new puppy or kitten in England must now buy direct from a breeder, or consider adopting from a rescue centre instead. 

Licensed dog breeders are required to show puppies interacting with their mothers in their place of birth. If a business sells puppies or kittens without a licence, they could receive an unlimited fine or be sent to prison for up to six months.

The law is named after Lucy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was rescued from a puppy farm where she was subjected to terrible conditions. Puppy farms are located across the UK with most depending on third-party sellers or ‘dealers’ to distribute often sick, traumatised, unsocialised puppies that have been taken away from their mother at just a few weeks old.

For more information please visit and to find out which breeders are licensed in our area, please visit the Dog breeding page.

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