Advice for Pubs, Clubs, Bars and Restaurants selling alcohol

Following the Government's announcement that some businesses in the Hospitality and Leisure sectors will be allowed to reopen, providing they follow safety guidelines, from July 4 the Government have released guidance documents to help those businesses to reopen safely;

Organisations in certain sectors should collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors on their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your organisation, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.

Guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace [external link]

Re-opening Considerations

  • Ensure your premises Licence is current and you have paid your annual fee.
  • Ensure that your current Designated Premises Supervisor is named on the Premises Licence.
  • Ensure that you update your current risk assessments to reflect Covid-19 Infection Control and Social Distancing.
  • Ensure your premises are safe to reopen and that essential maintenance and necessary alternations have been undertaken.
  • Ensure your ready to reopen your kitchens and your Hazard Analysis is up to date.
  • Ensure that you implement a system to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors for NHS Test and Trace

VAT Reduction

The government made an announcement on 8 July 2020 allowing VAT registered businesses to apply a temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT to certain supplies relating to:

  • hospitality
  • hotel and holiday accommodation
  • admissions to certain attractions

The temporary reduced rate will apply to supplies that are made between 15 July 2020 and 12 January 2021. For more information please visit VAT: reduced rate for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions [external link]

Register for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

On Wednesday 8 July the Government unveiled the new "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme that gives people across the UK a 50% discount – capped at £10 per person – on meals at many restaurants, cafes and pubs, as part of a series of measures to restart the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Eligible businesses will be able to register for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme from 13 July 2020 to offer a discount and encourage people to eat at their premises. For more information and to register for the eat out to help out scheme please visit Eat Out to Help Out [external link].

Useful links

Cask Marque's have produced a Countdown to Re-opening Guide 2020 [pdf document]

UK Hospitality has released Covid19 Secure Advice and Risk Assessments for Business [external link] including Hotels, Hostels, Pubs, Bars, Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Centres.

UK Hospitality has also released a series of Frequently Asked Questions [external link], which they hope to update regularly.