Pubs’ Takeaway Drinks Rules: Extended Support Until 2025
In a move that brings relief to many, the Pubs’ Takeaway Drinks Rules will continue to be in effect across England and Wales. Initially set in motion during the 2020 pandemic lockdowns, these rules were a lifeline for many establishments.
While they were slated to conclude by 30 September, the government has now decided to extend the PubTakeaway Drinks Rules until March 2025.
The Prime Minister Heeds the Industry’s Call
The extension of the Pubs’ Takeaway Drinks Rules is a clear response to the industry’s appeals for sustained support.
The Sun newspaper underscored the Prime Minister’s attentiveness to the industry’s concerns. Established in July 2020, these rules empower pubs without an off-premises license to vend takeaway alcohol without the need for local council permissions.
Furthermore, they can also vend alcohol on streets, provided they have a pavement license. This adaptability under the Pub Takeaway Rules has been pivotal in aiding pubs to navigate the challenges of Covid restrictions.
Industry Stalwarts Applaud the Continued Pubs’ Takeaway Drinks Rules
Emma McClarkin, representing the British Beer and Pub Association, expressed gratitude for the decision. Emphasizing the relief landlords would experience without the hassle of additional licenses.
Martin McTague of the Federation of Small Businesses viewed this as an avenue for pubs to tap into an “extra revenue stream” to counteract rising costs.
Kate Nicholls of UK Hospitality lauded the decision, praising the government’s foresight in retaining the Pubs’ Takeaway Drinks Rules. Preventing unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles for the hospitality sector.
The initial trajectory was to revert to the rules before the pandemic, necessitating pubs to seek local council permissions for takeaway sales.
However, after gathering feedback from diverse stakeholders, a majority leaned towards maintaining the current Pubs’ Takeaway Rules. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak articulated his commitment to bolstering British pubs.
He emphasized, “I’m determined to back British pubs… That’s why we’re cutting unnecessary red tape, allowing patrons to relish a takeaway pint or al fresco drink, all thanks to the Pubs’ Takeaway Drinks Rules.”