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Re-Opening of Hospitality Venues - Step 3 (17 May 2021) onwards

From Step 3 of the government's roadmap, further settings including indoor areas of hospitality venues can re-open, and events will be able to resume both indoors and outdoors.

It is essential that you all read and understand the Covid-19 guidance relevant to your business functions, these are all listed below for. Please note: these are live documents and therefore we recommend you do not print the guidance but keep the link safe and re-visit the guidance often, as this is updated regularly.

General guidance for re-opening for all businesses and venues can be found at:


Guidance specific to restaurant, pubs bars and takeaway services can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

Guidance relating to performing arts, including live music and performances can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts

Make sure you update your QR codes

If you are re-opening for the first time since the lockdown please ensure you have the updated QR codes on display at the entrance to your premises; these can be downloaded via the following link: 


Ensure you have a suitable and sufficient risk assessment in place

You should also ensure that an up to date risk assessment is in place that covers any additional measures implemented to help prevent and reduce the transmission of Covid-19 at your premises. A template for the risk assessment can be downloaded from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website via the following link: 


Ensuring all licensing documents remain valid and legal

Please check your premises licence and any other authorisations you have (i.e. pavement consents) to ensure these remain valid and up to date if you are intending to use these.

·       Are the Licence Holder and DPS details up to date?

·       Annual Fee - is this paid up to date?

·       Do you have a copy of your premises summary and is this displayed in a prominent location? 

If you need to update or change any details on your licence, or your annual fee is outstanding, please visit: https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/business/licences-and-registrations/available-licences/alcohol-entertainment-and-food/premises-licences/

National Lockdown Restrictions

Following the Government announcement on 4 January 2021 that the whole of England is to be put into national lockdown, all businesses and venues who do not provide essential goods or services are now being required to close until further notice. 

There are some exceptions that allow some hospitality businesses to continue operating in a COVID-19 secure way. These are set out below:

  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs may provide food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites can continue to operate in specific circumstances, such as where the accommodation acts as someone's main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

Full details of the lockdown restrictions, including details of which businesses are required to close and which are deemed to provide essential goods and/or services, can be accessed via the following link:

GOV.UK - National Lockdown - Stay at home (external website) 

Should you have any individual questions regarding the lockdown restrictions please contact us via email at  licensing@eastriding.gov.uk.

COVID-19 Pet Animal Business Advice 

The Canine and Feline Sector Group have produced a guidance document for pet animal businesses to assist in creating a COVID-19 secure environment for staff and customers. This includes suggested protocols for common activities. 

Pet Business Guidance (pdf 241kb)

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