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Tier 3 Restrictions - What this Means for the Hospitality Trade

It has been confirmed that from Wednesday 2nd December, the East Riding of Yorkshire will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions. Below sets out what this means for the hospitality industry in the area;

  • Businesses selling food and drink (including alcohol) must close, but can sell food and non-alcoholic drinks through takeaway, click-and-collect, drive through or delivery. Businesses can only sell alcohol through click-and collect, drive through and delivery to customers who order it in advance via phone, internet, mobile app or post
  • Businesses should ensure that customers who collect pre-ordered food or drink do not enter the premises to collect their orders. Where possible, businesses should take payment prior to collection of an order to limit contact between customers and staff
  • Businesses may serve food and non-alcoholic drinks to customers to takeaway in the premises between 5am and 10pm. 

Should you have any queries over how to operate under Tier 3 restrictions, please contact us via email on 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)

Don't be 'Petfished' this Christmas

Those looking to bring a new puppy or kitten home this Christmas are being urged to research the person behind the pet to avoid being lured in by deceitful sellers.

The price of puppies has more than doubled during lockdown according to the online marketplaces. This has led to the UK’s Chief Vet raising concerns about the risk posed by deceitful low-welfare sellers who breed and keep animals in poor conditions to take advantage of this spike in prices.

With the new national restrictions in place until 2 December, prospective pet owners are being urged to be alert to the risks involved while they are not permitted to visit the animal in person in its home environment, and to think about additional checks they can undertake to ensure the seller is legitimate.

Animals bred in low-welfare conditions can often be separated from their mother too early in their development and this can lead to severe health and behavioural problems resulting in high vet bills.

For more information please visit the Government website on the below link:

GOV.UK - Avoid Being Petfished This Christmas

Can a licensed premises continue to offer food and drink during the lock down as a takeaway?

You will be able to sell alcohol and food as takeaway during the lock down depending on whether you have 'off sales' as part of your premises licence.

The Regulations provide that hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close for consumption on the premises.  Provision of food and drink (including alcohol) may be provided for consumption off the premise, subject to specific requirements outlined below:

Food or drink (No alcohol)

Between the hours of 05:00 and 22:00 a premises may sell food or drink for take-away, and the purchaser can enter the premises to collect the food or drink. 

After 22:00 till 05:00 the next morning, premises may sell food and drink, but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

Alcohol sales

A premises may sell alcohol at any time but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-through facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle. Drinks must be served in a sealed container and customers must not get out of their vehicles to collect the drinks.

The Regulations do not however override the hours and conditions of each individual Premises Licence, and these must be adhered to at all times.

This is however subject to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment that you should have in place if remaining open during the Lock down period, and the admission of delivery drivers inside may be something that you would want to address within this.

Government announces November/December Lockdown

From 05 November 2020 until the 02 December 2020, the whole of the UK will enter another period of lockdown following a recent spike in COVID-19 cases both in the East Riding area and nationally. 

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

 These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
  • blood donation and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

Public Services

The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

  • the NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists. We are supporting the NHS to safely carry out urgent and non-urgent services and it is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts and probation services
  • Civil Registrations Offices
  • Passport and Visa Services
  • Services provided to victims
  • Waste Centre and recycling centres

Should you require more information/help regarding your business then please contact the COVID Public Protection Advice team on public.protection@eastriding.gov.uk

Formal review of The Licensing Act 2003 Statement of Licensing Policy begins

In line with The Licensing Act 2003 and associated regulations, it is now time to formally review East Riding of Yorkshire Councils Statement of Licensing Policy.

We are now seeking the views of the public and local businesses on the revised policy document as attached below.

Revised Statement of Licensing Policy Public Consultation (pdf 1mb)

Should you have any comments to make on the revised policy document, please put these in writing to:

Email: licensing@eastriding.gov.uk or by post: 

FAO Louise Wilson Licensing Manager
Licensing Team
County Hall
Cross Street
HU17 9BA. 

All comments must be received by 30 September 2020. 

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