Automatic freedom for pubs, restaurants and cafes to provide food takeaways extended for another year

The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, has announced that pubs, restaurants and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year. The government will also consider whether to make such freedoms permanent.

Freedom from the need for such premises to make a planning application to expressly permit the provision of food takeaways was first introduced in March 2020 and this extension means that all such premises can, if they so choose, continue to sell food takeaways whilst also being able to return to normal operations when the current second lockdown in England ends.

You can download below the Government’s press release dated 11 November 2020, providing more  information in relation to the above.

Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UKHospitality, is quoted within that press release as follows:

The ability to provide takeaway services was a valuable lifeline for many hospitality venues, not just during the lockdown but in the days of reduced and restricted trade, too.

The extension will undoubtedly help many. For pubs, restaurants and cafes to operate as takeaways gives them a previously untapped revenue stream and a much better chance to survive what will be a tough winter. It will help avoid waste and allow businesses to retain a valuable link with their customers and communities.