The government has enacted changes to pavement café licensing. Owners need a licence to place tables and chairs outside their café, bar or restaurant on the highway. The changes aim to offer a more quicker application process for a pavement café licence.
The change is a temporary measure to support businesses selling food and drink, because social distancing guidance reduces the number of customers that can be served indoors. Use of outdoor spaces is also seen as a positive way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.