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Boris Johnson confirmed that the government are looking at ways that a vaccine certificate may work and that consideration will be given to those who are under 16 or cannot have a vaccine, for instance due to medical circumstances.
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He has written to local authorities outlining that in step 2 of the Government’s roadmap (no earlier than 12 April) hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoor and the measures to support the safe re-opening of hospitality businesses. The letter states:
Al fresco dining
- Continuation of the simplified route for pubs, restaurants and cafes to obtain a temporary pavement licence to place furniture including outdoor tables and seating on the highway, including a capped application fee of £100 and a 10-working day consultation and determination period.
- Licences to be granted for 12 months or more unless there are good reasons not to, and an expectation that licences granted under these provisions to continue to apply into this summer so that businesses do not have to reapply or be charged a further application fee when they are able to re-open to serve customers outdoors.
- Currently due to expire on 30 September 2021, but subject to Parliamentary approval, this will be extended for a further 12 months
Freedom to use land for community events and outdoor hospitality
- Continuation of greater flexibility for businesses to hold outdoor events such as summer fairs or motorsports on land without the need for a planning application
- Car-boot sales, or people or businesses such as pubs wishing to set up marquees will also be exempt.
- Such temporary events to be allowed for 56 days until 31 December 2021.
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