Covid - 19 Guidance for Licensed Premises

From the 4th of July Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, Bars and takeaway services can open as long as they are Covid Secure.

If you are visiting a Licensed Premises these premises should be taking additional measures to try to prevent the spread of Covid-19 by promoting social distancing, having physical barriers, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and methods where collecting drinks and paying for them is safe.

Prior to opening premises should have conducted their own Covid-19 Risk Assessment. For more information on keeping workers and customers safe please click here.

If you hold a premises licence that permits the sale of alcohol it is recommended that you also conduct this additional risk assessment . The risk assessment has been created by the Coventry and Warwickshire Liaison Group made up of Environmental Health, Licensing and Trading Standards Officers.

Top Tips

It is not just licence holders who need to take steps to prevent the spread of Covid 19. If you are having a function yourself or attending one here are some ‘top tips' on staying safe and Covid secure.

  • Limit the number of people in an area where socialising will take place.
  • Maintain a contact list of those attending in case it turns out later that someone is infected.
  • Only allow people seated at tables.
  • Have a safe system of ordering and collecting drinks. (maybe from an ‘app' or a messaging system)
  • Consider a waiter system to avoid crowding around a bar.
  • Where table service isn't possible. Consider a separate collection point for food and drink and a method for notifying the customer that it is ready for collection.
  • Use screens or barriers to separate workers from each other and workers from customers at points of service.
  • Try and put in place cashless payment systems.
  • Monitor the amount of alcohol being consumed by individuals so that they do not become so intoxicated that they behave irresponsibly forgetting social distancing.
  • Consider the use of disposable glasses and arrange for the safe disposal of the same after the function has finished.
  • If you are organising an event, plan the layout so that there aren't any pinch points where persons will be channelled to be close together.
  • Make hand sanitisers freely available for the attendees at the functions.
  • Ensure that anyone involved in preparing or serving food and drink regularly clean their hands and allow time for them to do so.
  • Avoid allowing people to congregate in walk ways or thoroughfares where again people might not be able to social distance.
  • Keep any sound systems down to a moderate level (If people can't hear themselves talk easily they will lean in and get closer to other people)
  • Avoid attending places which are already crowded and consider going elsewhere.
  • If using a taxi or public transport, please use a mask.
  • If you are feeling at all unwell this weekend please stay at home.

From the 4th July, to find out in more detail what you can do that you couldn't do before please visit the government website.

The Licensing Team wish you a safe, sensible and successful re-opening.

Contact: The Licensing team

Last updated on 03/07/2020