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Government has declared that Preston (and Lancashire as a whole) is a "Tier 3, Very High Alert" area according to the Government Covid Alert system.
This will impact on what businesses must close. We will update this page with further information.
In the meantime please visit our FAQs on local restrictions page.
Public houses, bars and restaurants are able to open as long as they implement infection control measures, and adhere to local restrictions.
Nightclubs, Dance floors (in premises) and sexual entertainment venues must remain closed.
Live Entertainment is now permitted in Preston but venues must follow the guidance HM Government Performing Arts.
For more information on the Business Closure restrictions visit our Business Closures pages.
Poppleston Allen have produced a Pre-opening Checklist that premises can use to ensure that they are complainant.
This section builds upon the advice contained in the governments guidance for Restaurants, Pubs, Bars and Takeaway Services,and should be read with that guidance.
The advice is that persons (or separate households) must remain 2 meters apart. Persons (or separate households) may come as close as 1 meter as long as mitigating measures are put in place.
Clear demarcation: Ensure that there is clear demarcation for persons queuing, whether that be at entrances, toilets or the bar. Ensure that there are arrows and other signs guiding people in the right direction, especially if there is a one way system.
Sitting different groups side by side rather than facing each other: People sat at tables need to be an absolute minimum of 1 meter apart. This might not be sufficient if persons cannot pass safely between tables.
Sitting customers back to back: Remember the distance between the customers from different households must be a minimum of 1 meter. If using movable furniture then it may need to be wider allowing for customers to move the furniture when seated. Customers and staff have to move safely between tables. If using fixed furniture such as booths, they are likely to need additional screening, or other barriers, as it is unlikely customers will be 1 meter apart.
The use of physical barriers: Customers from different households can be very close if there is a physical barrier between them such as a Perspex screen.
Strict Management Controls: You may need to remove tables and chairs and use signage. Some venues have struggled to remove tables and chairs and have therefore decided to keep the tables in the venue but put strict written rules in place preventing guests being seated on certain tables and placing signage on the tables stating the tables are not in use. This management system should be recorded in a written management plan.
Consider outside areas. Do not place seating near to ash trays, this may encourage smokers to come close to other persons who are seated to extinguish their cigarette butt.
Encourage sitting rather than standing. However if you allow standing in the external areas ensure groups remain in one place, use floor marking etc. If your internal seating is full, you need to explain to persons who are outside that they will not be allowed into the premises should it start to rain, you should do this before you take their orders. Ensure signage is displayed to this effect.
Existing: If you were using a beer garden or pavement cafe before the Coronavirus Emergency then you can use it again as long as you implement Social Distancing Guidelines.
Opening a new seating area on private land (Beer Garden): You should contact Licensing Services as soon as possible.
New Pavement Licences: This new process introduces a streamlined and cheaper route for businesses such as cafes, restaurants and bars to secure a licence to place furniture on the highway. This will support them to operate safely while social distancing measures remain in place. To apply for a new Pavement Licence go to our Pavement Licence pages.
Businesses are required to provide certain information to their customers.
The business can choose how they do this but often the best way to do this is by displaying posters. The Council has created a number of posters that you can use in your business should you choose to do so.
If you have any concerns or would like any advice please contact Licensing Services on 01772 906911 or email@example.com