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Council offers guidance for businesses re-opening on Monday, 12th April, 2021

Published on Friday, 9th April 2021

Advice available to borough businesses who are preparing to open again

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is offering advice and support to ensure a smooth transition when pubs and restaurants reopen on the 12 April. 

The Council would like to provide guidance to businesses to ensure that the impact on local residents is considered and relevant procedures followed as part of the Government’s Covid-19 roadmap.  

During the long months of lockdown, residents may have become used to quieter food and drink premises and the vibrancy of reopening will grant a noticeable change. More noise from licensed premises is likely and, although sound management is an important part of reopening, some increased noise is inevitable.     

We understand that venues will be looking to expand the use of outside space until customers are permitted indoors once again, however it is important that measures are taken to ensure a balance is achieved between the need for vibrancy and the impact on nearby residents. This is particularly important when considering music and entertainment, council environmental health officers say.  

The statutory nuisance provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 remain in force and businesses are strongly encouraged to contact our Environmental Health team for advice on 024 76376376 or email env.health@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk 

Performance of live or recorded music would normally require a Temporary Events Notice under the Licensing Act, however advice should be sought from the Council’s Licensing team on 024 76376222 or licensing@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Restaurants and pubs will be allowed to serve customers outdoors (subject to licence restrictions) from Monday 12 April - but customers must order, eat, and drink while seated at a table.  

Philip Richardson, Director – Democracy, Planning & Public Protection said:

“We want everyone to enjoy the new freedoms, however patrons of pubs and restaurants are encouraged to act responsibly and be mindful of nearby residents by keeping noise to sensible levels. Please let us help you reopen considerately by getting in touch for advice.”