LGA responds to BPPA statement on reopening of pubs

“It is up to individuals and businesses to make sure they act responsibly and safely, including maintaining social distancing. Councils will be working with police, businesses and other partners to ensure existing and new requirements are complied with."


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Responding to a joint statement by the British Beer and Pub Association, UKHospitality, the London Night Czar and the National Police Chiefs Council on pubs reopening this weekend, Cllr Katrina Wood, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said:

“People will understandably want to relax and enjoy a drink or a meal out from this weekend after the lockdown challenges we have all faced during the past few months.

“Pubs, cafes and restaurants play an important role in our communities and help to support local economies and councils have been working closely with them as they look to safely reopen for people to enjoy again and for hospitality staff to return to work.

“Councils want everyone to stay safe while enjoying a night out in villages, towns and city centres, which is why we urge people to avoid anti-social behaviour and help keep public spaces litter-free.

“It is up to individuals and businesses to make sure they act responsibly and safely, including maintaining social distancing. Councils will be working with police, businesses and other partners to ensure existing and new requirements are complied with, and people are able to enjoy a drink or a meal safely.”