Licensing news flashes

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

What's new in licensing?  

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 

Guidance on Track and Trace information recording 2 July 2020

GOV.UK - Maintaining records of staff and customers guidance (external website)

Further businesses cleared for July reopening

The following shops and branches are able to reopen their businesses from 4 July 2020 after temporary closure due to COVID-19. There are however various requirements that must be met before opening and businesses should refer to the relevant Government advice for each sector to ensure that they are Covid-19 Secure. Links are attached below. 

4 July 2020 

  • Pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, holiday apartments, campsites and caravan parks
  • Places of worship
  • Libraries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Theme parks , fun fairs and adventure parks
  • Outdoor gyms and playgrounds
  • Museums and galleries
  • Bingo halls
  • Arcades 
  • Social clubs
  • Indoor attractions at zoos, farms, aquariums
  • Landmarks

Please note: social distancing measures remain in place and a 2m distance should be adhered to where possible or a 1m distance with risk mitigation in place.

Businesses will only be able to open from these dates if they are COVID-19-secure, this will involve meeting the 5 steps of safer working under COVID-19 including completion of a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and that they are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation and display a poster to confirm this.

COVID-19 Secure poster and the 5 steps (external pdf)

If you need any additional advice, please contact public.protection@eastriding.gov.uk.

GOV.UK - COVID-19 advice and guidance for reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants (external website)

GOV.UK - COVID-19 advice and guidance for reopening of close contact services (external website)

GOV.UK - COVID-19 advice and guidance for reopening of the visitor economy (external website)

GOV.UK - COVID-19 advice and guidance for reopening of hotels and other guest accommodation (external website)

Please be aware that the following businesses will REMAIN CLOSED until further updates are made:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos
  • Bowling alleys
  • Indoor play areas
  • Spas
  • Nail bars, beauty salons and tanning salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios
  • Indoor gyms and sports venues
  • Swimming pools

Dog breeding and selling animals as pets - update

All dog breeding and selling animals as pets premises can now open to sell animals. A reminder that all puppies should be seen with their mother at the point of collection.

Off-sales and compliance guidance for licensed premises

The below information and subsequent questions and answers have been developed by a cross sector group looking to reduce risk for licensed premises operating during the current pandemic and so ensure the safety of the public, premises staff and officers and provide clarity for all involved. 

Off-sales and compliance with the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 (pdf 113kb)

Government launches new coronavirus business support finder tool

A new ‘support finder’ tool will help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

GOV.UK - New coronavirus business support finder tool (external website)

Updated government guidance on spending time outdoors due to COVID-19

Businesses such as tennis clubs, golf clubs, fishing lakes and bowls clubs are now able to open subject to adhering to the government guidelines.

Please see below the latest government guidance in relation to spending time outdoors:

COVID-19 Guidance to Businesses Offering Outdoor Activities (pdf 63kb)

Vacant premises due to COVID-19. Have you thought about your water supply? 

Public Health England is reminding businesses that have had to close in line the Government's COVID-19 Regulations, that stagnant water in your pipe system could lead to other concerns such as Legionella. 

Therefore they recommend if it is possible to continue to run water through your pipes at least once a week.

Further advice can be found on the guidance leaflet below:

COVID-19 Water supply system guidance (pdf 53kb)

COVID-19 Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Please see the below links for further information about how HMRC will work out your income and profits if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership in the UK and have lost profits due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and how you can claim a grant through this scheme.

GOV.UK - How HMRC works out total income and trading profits for the self-employment income support scheme (external website)

GOV.UK - Claim a grant through the coronavirus COVID-19 self-employment income support scheme (external website)

COVID-19 Updated Guidance on Pet Animals - What activities are currently permitted? 

As of 11 May 2020, the current guidance for dog breeding/pet shops/dog grooming and dog walking is available below:

Pet animals guidance issued 11 May 2020 (pdf610kb)

'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 which 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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