Roadmap Step 2 - hospitality

To support the safe re-opening of hospitality businesses the Government has urged Local Authorities to do everything possible to help businesses reopen safely and prosper again.

Government measures have been introduced to extend pavement licences for a further 12 months, making it easier and cheaper for pubs, restaurants and cafes to continue to make al fresco dining a reality with outside seating, tables and street stalls to serve food and drinks. Hospitality businesses will also be able to continue to provide takeaways and do deliveries as will the right to have marquees and awnings without planning permission for up to two months.

Durham County Council’s Community Protection (Covid-19 Compliance) team will continue to proactively visit businesses to offer advice and support in the first instance and ensure that they are doing all they need to prevent further transmission of the disease and are compliant with the law.

A series of short animation videos has also been developed in partnership with other local authorities in the region to reinforce key messages for business operators.  These can be found using the following link:

Helping workplaces reopen safely - Covid-19 - YouTube

The easing of restrictions will undoubtedly present us with many challenges and it is expected that we will also have increased demands on Council services concerning noise, litter, nuisance and other anti-social behaviour.

Should you wish to report any issues you can ‘Do it Online’ through the Council’s website or contact the County Durham Together Community Hub on Tel: 03000 260260 or email County Durham Together Community Hub (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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