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New DfT Guidance - Taxis and PHVs (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 23/05/2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) has issued new "statutory guidance" for licensing authorities in England.

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Changes to the Taxi & PHV air quality database Published Date: 21/05/2022

The Government has made changes to the Taxi & PHV air quality database.

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Reminder to submit the DEFRA animal licensing return Published Date: 21/05/2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has asked the LGA to remind colleagues that all local authorities must submit a completed animal licensing form by 31 May 2022.

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Recruitment drive launches in bid to halt taxi driver crisis and help boost Lancaster economy Published Date: 21/05/2022

Drivers are being helped to 'get behind the wheel' of taxis fuelled by a fully funded training initiative to give the area’s economy a welcome boost.

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Welsh Government issue statement on the work of the Task and Finish Group on Gambling Related Harm Published Date: 21/05/2022

Lynne Neagle MS, Deputy Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing, said the Welsh Government is actively working on implementing the recommendations of the Task and Finish Group on Gambling Related Harm.

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9/10 county councillors support ability of authorities to adopt hybrid model of meetings Published Date: 21/05/2022

Over two-thirds of councillors believe that moving to a hybrid model where meetings can be attended both online and in-person would improve the diversity of local councils, a new survey shows.

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Pub overturn fine for alleged Covid breaches Published Date: 15/05/2022

A pub landlord charged with breaches of COVID-19 regulations has successfully overturned fines issued, and the Barrister acting for the landlord said the case demonstrated the need to follow PACE process.

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Tourism and hospitality: a great sector to work in - Welsh Economy Minister Published Date: 15/05/2022

“Tourism and hospitality is a great sector to work in” – that’s the message from Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, to mark the start of Wales Tourism Week 2022 (15 to 22 May).

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DfT say it will "modernise" taxi and PH licensing law Published Date: 14/05/2022

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport, Baroness Vere, told the House of Lords that the Government will "will modernise the law to ensure that the same minimum standards are met by drivers across England".

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Pavement licensing to be made permanent Published Date: 11/05/2022

The Levelling up and Regeneration Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech, will make the Pavement Licensing regime permanent.

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DEFRA extend Zoo Practice for Great Britain Consultation Deadline Published Date: 11/05/2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has contacted local authorities to inform them of the consultation deadline extension.

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Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill published Published Date: 11/05/2022

The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill has been published along with a policy paper which summarises the steps the Government are taking, through the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill and other legislation and policy, to devolve power and give local leaders and communities the tools they need to make better places.

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"A Fare Shake: Reforming Taxis for the 21st Century" report the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) Published Date: 08/05/2022

A new report, A Fare Shake: Reforming Taxis for the 21st Century, from the Adam Smith Institute (ASI) argues that the Government should move to overhaul current taxi cab legislation, creating a more dynamic and equitable sector to better serve the needs of Britons as they get moving after Covid.

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Local government lawyers and democratic services officers criticise lack of government response to call for evidence on remote meetings Published Date: 08/05/2022

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) and ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) have expressed disappointment ahead of this week’s local elections that the Government has still not responded to the call for evidence on local authority remote meetings which was held from March to June 2021.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022 Published Date: 06/05/2022

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill it received Royal Assent on 28 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

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Government promise action on pedicab licensing Published Date: 03/05/2022

Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State at Department for Transport, has promised to introduce licensing legislation for pedicabs.

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DfT Update on Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 01/05/2022

The Department for Transport has issued an update on the Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022.

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The Licensing Act 2003 (Platinum Jubilee Licensing Hours) Order 2022 Published Date: 01/05/2022

This Order provides for the extension of licensing hours for licensed premises and clubs on Her Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee extended weekend between 2nd and 5th June 2022.

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House of Commons Committee report on spiking Published Date: 26/04/2022

The House of Commons Committee report on spiking has been reported with recommendations to government.

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Home Office letter to licensing committees on drink spiking Published Date: 26/04/2022

The Rt Hon Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime, Policing and Probation, has written to Licensing Committees encouraging them to continue working with local partners - particularly the police - to make sure spiking concern is highlighted and addressed appropriately and collaboratively.

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APPG on Night-Time Economy publish report on Covid Impact Published Date: 26/04/2022

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night-Time Economy has published its report report on Impact of Covid-19 on the UK's Nightlife.

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House of Lords to debate ‘Gambling Harm—Time for Action’ report Published Date: 26/04/2022

In July 2020, the House of Lords Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Committee published a report entitled ‘Gambling Harm—Time for Action’. The House of Lords is due to debate the report today (27 April 2022).

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Animal activities licensing: Amendments to guidance on Dog kennel boarding licensing Published Date: 26/04/2022

Further amendments have been made to the Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities relating to Dog kennel boarding licensing.

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Uber seeks High Court Declaration on model lawfulness in the 'provinces' Published Date: 25/04/2022

Uber have started Part 8 proceedings against Sefton BC seeking a declaration that the agency model is unlawful in the provinces.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 Published Date: 25/04/2022

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Act 2022 receives Royal Assent.

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Use of face coverings in Scotland Published Date: 24/04/2022

From 18 April, the legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public spaces and on public transport will become guidance.

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£140,000 confiscated from man behind illegal Facebook lottery Published Date: 18/04/2022

The 27-year-old man from Middlesbrough had been running lottery-style services such as bonus balls and raffles on Facebook and had around £140,000 in earnings stashed in various bank accounts

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Regenerating the future of Scotland’s town centres Published Date: 13/04/2022

New measures to revitalise town centres and regenerate local economies have been published by the Scottish Government.

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Harsher sentences introduced for ‘spiking’ drugs Published Date: 13/04/2022

GHB, a drug that is used to spike drinks, has been reclassified as a Class B drug today (13 April) along with two related substances, GBL and 1,4-BD, meaning that those found in possession of them will face tougher penalties.

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Report animal activity licences and fees to the Secretary of State - new online form Published Date: 13/04/2022

Under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, local authorities are required to provide certain information annually to the Secretary of State for Defra.

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Scottish security operatives face realistic terror scenarios in nightclub exercise Published Date: 13/04/2022

A counter-terrorism emergency planning exercise in Glasgow yesterday saw security operatives dealing with realistic terror scenarios presented by actors.

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Welsh Government supporting growth and development of home grown events Published Date: 13/04/2022

Arts and cultural events across Wales are looking forward to welcoming back visitors in person over the coming months as organisers switch back to live audience performances.

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Right to licence documents list amended Published Date: 07/04/2022

The Home Office has issued changes affecting Right to Licence checks for Licensing Authorities, which takes effect on 6 April 2022 including changes to the acceptable documents list for manual checks to establish a right to a licence.

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Government Issue Updated LA2003 Forms Published Date: 07/04/2022

The Immigration (Restrictions on Employment and Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) and Licensing Act 2003 (Personal and Premises Licences) (Forms), etc., Regulations 2022

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Covid-19 temporary adjusted checks extended again Published Date: 07/04/2022

Checking an individual’s right to work using the temporary COVID-19 adjusted check measures has been extended to 30 September 2022.

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Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill passing its final hurdle in the House of Lords Published Date: 07/04/2022

Animal protection organisations and celebrities are today celebrating the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill passing its final hurdle in the House of Lords.

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New guidance documents for preventing illegal working in licensed premises Published Date: 07/04/2022

Two new guidance documents for preventing illegal working in licensed premises have recently been published which may be of interest to Licensing Authorities.

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IoL Patron Jon Collins appointed as CEO of LIVE Published Date: 06/04/2022

Live music industry umbrella organisation LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) has appointed Jon Collins as chief executive, who takes over from Greg Parmley.

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Offensive Weapons provisions coming into force on 6 April 2022. Published Date: 04/04/2022

The Offensive Weapons Act Commencement Regulations have now been signed and laid, and will bring the remaining provisions within the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 into force on 6 April 2022.

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National lottery operator launches legal challenge against Gambling Commission over decision to award next licence to rival bidder Published Date: 03/04/2022

Camelot, which has operated the National Lottery since its inception in 1994, has issued proceedings in the High Court against the Gambling Commission over its decision last month to name Allwyn Entertainment UK as its preferred applicant for the Fourth Licence.

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Tax checks for licence holders come into effect Published Date: 03/04/2022

From today (4 April 2022), licence holders must complete a tax check to renew a taxi, private hire or scrap metal licence, or to apply for the same type of licence with a different licensing authority.

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Guidance for Immigration Enforcement Officers published Published Date: 03/04/2022

Guidance has been published for Home Office Immigration staff to assist in the prevention of illegal working in licensed premises, along with guidance on partnership working with the police or other agencies.

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IoL Member Survey - DfT Best Practice Guidance Consultation Published Date: 01/04/2022

The IoL are asking members to provide views on the proposed Best Practice Guidance from the DfT. The IoL member survey results will be used to inform the IoL response to the DfT consultation.

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Edinburgh councillors vote to ban lap dancing clubs Published Date: 01/04/2022

Edinburgh's councillors have voted to ban lap dancing clubs in the Scottish capital.

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Statutory guidance amended for Dog Day Care and Dog Breeding Published Date: 01/04/2022

DEFRA have advised that minor revisions to the statutory guidance documents for dog day care and dog breeding have been made and published.

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DEFRA: Cat and dog microchipping consultation Published Date: 31/03/2022

DEFRA are seeking views on potential changes to microchipping legislation. This covers both the new mandatory cat microchipping requirements, as well as improvements to the current dog microchipping system so they work as effectively possible in reuniting pets with their owners.

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Wheelchair accessible travel: taxi and private hire services Published Date: 30/03/2022

DfT commissioned "quantitative and qualitative research" into wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire vehicle services.

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Written Statement: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/03/2022

First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS said, from 28 March, the Welsh Government "will be removing the requirement for face coverings to be worn in retail premises and on public transport. However, to protect those most vulnerable, there will still be a requirement for face coverings to be worn in Health and Social Care settings."

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"Tenfold expansion" in chargepoints by 2030 as government drives EV revolution Published Date: 30/03/2022

The Department for Transport has announced £582 million funding to "extend the plug-in car, van, taxi and motorcycle grants to 2022 to 2023 to reduce their sticker price for the consumer."

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IoL Member Survey - DfT Best Practice Guidance Consultation Published Date: 30/03/2022

The IoL are asking members to provide views on the propsed Best Practice Guidance from the DfT. The IoL member survey results will be used to inform the IoL response to the DfT consultation.

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Gov.uk Online Forms Update Published Date: 30/03/2022

The Institute is please to be able to update members on the ongoing review of the gov.uk online licensing forms.

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BEIS consultation on Provision of Services Directive Published Date: 30/03/2022

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) would like to hear your views on how regulations could be improved to support best practice and reduce the burden on competent authorities and businesses.

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Consultation on Best Practice Guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities in England Published Date: 28/03/2022

The Department for Transport (DfT) are seeking views on the update to best practice guidance to be issued to taxi and private hire vehicle licensing authorities in England. The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 28 March 2022 until 23:45 on 20 June 2022.

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TfL renew Uber's operating licence in London Published Date: 27/03/2022

Transport for London has renewed Uber's London operating licence for 30 months.

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Stockton Council defend Covid licence revocation appeal Published Date: 27/03/2022

Stockton Borough Council has successfully defended a decision of its licensing sub-committee to revoke the licence of a premises for contravention of coronavirus regulations.

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Reforms to pet microchipping regulations in England set out Published Date: 27/03/2022

Consultation launched on microchipping regulations follow the Pet Theft Taskforce recommendations

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Pavement licences guidance updated Published Date: 27/03/2022

The guidance to accompany pavement licensing introduced in the Business and Planning Act 2020 has been updated.

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Government confirm extension to licensing hours for Queen's Jubilee weekend Published Date: 27/03/2022

Kit Malthouse told the House of Commons that the Government will extend licensing hours for Queen's Jubilee weekend.

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Explanatory video on amendment to the Health and Care Bill Published Date: 22/03/2022

National Hair and Beauty Federation video explanation of what the amendment to the Health and Care Bill is, and what the next steps will be.

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HMRC - New Machines Games Duty Guidance for new tenants Published Date: 22/03/2022

HMRC have published a new one-page guide to help Pub Tenants to understand their MGD and VAT obligations.

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Parliament was not given enough of a say on Coronavirus Act - House of Commons Committee report Published Date: 21/03/2022

The cross-party Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has expressed "concerns" over Parliament's inability to properly scrutinise and amend emergency provisions in the Coronavirus Act 2020 over the last two years.

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Another Midlands Council removes its Cumulative Impact Policy Published Date: 21/03/2022

Leicester City Council has made the decision to remove its existing Cumulative Impact Policy covering areas of the city as part of its recent Statement of Licensing Policy Review, albeit potentially for an interim period only.

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Most of Scotland's remaining Covid restrictions end Published Date: 21/03/2022

Most of the remaining legal Covid restrictions in Scotland have now officially come to an end.

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Update: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill Published Date: 21/03/2022

This Bill was read a third time and passed on Friday 18 March and will now proceed to the House of Lords for consideration.

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Update: Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill Published Date: 21/03/2022

Lords committee stage - line by line examination of the Bill - is scheduled for 22 March

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Safer Streets Fund round 4 application process Published Date: 18/03/2022

The Government has announced that Round 4 (running across the 2022/23 and 23/24 financial years and worth £75 million) of the Safer Streets Fund is now available for interventions aimed at tackling neighbourhood crime, anti-social behaviour and VAWG, improving the safety of public spaces for all.

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CIEH Noise Survey report for 2020/21 Published Date: 13/03/2022

The report found that the number of noise complaints increased by 54% between 2019/20 and 2020/21 in 89 local authorities.

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Lords hold Licensing Act 2003 Committee inquiry follow up evidence sessions Published Date: 10/03/2022

On Thursday 10 March 2022 the House of Lords Liaison Committee will hold three one-off evidence sessions to follow-up on the recommendations of the Licensing Act 2003 Committee, which published its report in April 2017.

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School transport guidance note Published Date: 09/03/2022

This short guidance note provided by the IoL and LGA, aims to provide a brief overview of the role of responsible councils with regards to home to school contracts and licensing authorities with regards to safeguarding in taxi/ private hire vehicle (PHV) licensing and suggests some recommended actions.

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House of Lords approves new National Licensing System for non-surgical treatments Published Date: 09/03/2022

The Government’s amendments, 153A and 157A of the Health and Care Bill have been agreed by the House of Lords.

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Next Steps for the Women’s Night Safety Charter in London Published Date: 09/03/2022

Safer Business Network working with Mayor of London to implement recommendations of new scoping study

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Gambling behaviour in 2021 Published Date: 09/03/2022

This statistical release covers the quarterly gambling participation and problem gambling prevalence data for the year to December 2021, as well as reporting on respondents’ perceptions of trust, crime, and attitudes towards gambling.

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Gov.uk Online Forms - Survey Published Date: 08/03/2022

The IoL, NALEO and LGA are working with others to try to establish the position going forward in relation to online licensing application forms provided via gov.uk.

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ICO issues reprimand over roll out of NHS Scotland Covid Status app Published Date: 07/03/2022

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has issued a reprimand to the Scottish Government and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) over the implementation of the NHS Scotland Covid Status app.

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Government accused of failing to regulate 'parasitic' gambling industry Published Date: 07/03/2022

The parents of a gambling addict who took his own life have accused the Government of being "asleep at the wheel" in their failure to regulate an industry they describe as "predatory" and "parasitic". It comes after a landmark inquest into the suicide of Jack Ritchie, 24, found that regulation, NHS treatment and government warnings about the dangers of gambling were "woefully inadequate".

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Wales plan to remove all existing Covid restrictions Published Date: 07/03/2022

Welsh Government plan to remove all the remaining restrictions on 28 March. Written Statement: Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 – 3 March Review

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Government publishes response to House of Lords COVID-19 Committee’s report “Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery” Published Date: 07/03/2022

The Government response to the House of Lords COVID-19 Committee’s report “Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery” has been published. The original Towns and Cities report was published on 7 December 2021.

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DEFRA Consultation: Standards of Modern Zoo Practice for Great Britain Published Date: 06/03/2022

DEFRA are consulting on the Standards of Modern Zoo Practice for Great Britain (‘the Standards’). The Standards will replace the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (2012) in England and Scotland, and the National Assembly of Wales’ Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (2006) in Wales. Because zoo licensing is a devolved matter, this is a joint consultation on behalf of the Welsh Government and the Scottish Government

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Local government groups issue model motion for councils to show support for choice to hold remote and hybrid meetings Published Date: 01/03/2022

Five local government organisations including the Association of Democratic Services Officers (ADSO) and Lawyers in Local Government (LLG) have asked councils to consider passing a motion and writing to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to show their support for local authorities to be able to hold remote and hybrid meetings.

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Tougher UK gambling regulation needed to protect communities – councils and Police and Crime Commissioners say Published Date: 01/03/2022

Ahead of the publication of the Government’s white paper on the future of the Gambling Act, the Local Government Association and Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) are calling for tougher powers for councils to determine where and how many gambling premises can open in their areas, alongside a crackdown on the current volume of gambling advertising and marketing.

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The Government announces its intention to introduce a new system of licensing for England for cosmetic procedures Published Date: 01/03/2022

Campaign spearheaded by the Institute of Licensing (IoL) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) to safeguard cosmetics industry successful as Government commits to new licensing scheme for practitioners.

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New face mask rules for Wales as coverings are no longer needed in all indoor settings Published Date: 28/02/2022

From today (Monday 28th February 2022), the face covering requirements in Wales will change, meaning people will no longer be legally required to wear face coverings in a range of indoor places, including cinemas, theatres, community centres, museums and gyms.  Face coverings will continue to be a legal requirement for adults and children aged 11 and over, unless exempt, in all retail settings, on public transport and in health and care settings.

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Partnership working highlighted as way forward for pub sector  Published Date: 25/02/2022

Leading members of the trade and police have highlighted how working in partnership and collaborating is the way forward for the pub sector as it recovers after the impact of the pandemic.

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All legal restrictions to end on 21 March Published Date: 24/02/2022

In a statement to Parliament, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the details of the updated Strategic Framework to manage COVID-19 primarily through public health advice, vaccination, and treatment rather than legal restrictions.

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Independent review of the disclosure and barring regime Published Date: 24/02/2022

The independent review was announced by Safeguarding Minister, Rachel Maclean.

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Drink spiking will become a criminal offence under new legislation Published Date: 22/02/2022

It has been widely reported that Priti Patel set out plans to introduce legislation to make drink spiking a criminal offence.

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Prime Minister sets out plan for living with COVID Published Date: 21/02/2022

The Prime Minister sets out the Government’s plans to live with and manage the virus.

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Gambling Commission updates guidance on fair terms and practices Published Date: 21/02/2022

The Gambling Commission has updated its guidance for all operators on fair and transparent terms and practices.

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Wales smoke free provisions will tighten on 1 March 2022 Published Date: 20/02/2022

The Welsh Government are removing the exemption which allows smoking in holiday and temporary accommodation, along with the exemption that allows hotels, guest houses, inns etc to have designated smoking bedrooms. From 1 March 2022 all these settings will be required to be smoke-free.

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The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 Published Date: 18/02/2022

The guide regarding the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 (the Act, which was first published in October 2021 outlining the provisions of the Act which came into effect on 1 October, has now been updated to include the provisions of the Act which will come into effect on 6 April 2022.

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DEFRA Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities Published Date: 17/02/2022

DEFRA have published a further update to the statutory guidance on hiring horses - updated optional higher standard for diet from weekly to monthly body condition scoring.

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Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone Delayed Published Date: 15/02/2022

The Government has granted permission to Greater Manchester Authorities to delay the implementation of their Clean Air Zone (CAZ).

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Best practice guide to the management of pub repairs and dilapidations Published Date: 15/02/2022

The BII, BBPA and UKHospitality have together created a best practice guidance on pub repairs and dilapidations in order to support pub companies and tenants.

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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs Report Released Published Date: 15/02/2022

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs has released it report on the impact of the Covid pandemic on the pub sector.

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Northern Ireland to remove all remaining Covid restrictions Published Date: 15/02/2022

All remaining Covid-19 restrictions in Northern Ireland will be lifted, Health Minister Robin Swann has announced.

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Welsh Written Statement: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 15/02/2022

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 require a review of the coronavirus measures to be undertaken every three weeks. The most recent three-week review was due to be completed by 10 February.

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Expiry date of Scottish Covid regulations extended Published Date: 15/02/2022

Regulations have been laid in Parliament today to extend the expiry date for statutory coronavirus (Covid-19) requirements, and enforcement powers for local authorities.

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Covid: Drinkers prefer wine and spirits over beer Published Date: 13/02/2022

The BBC reports beer sales "plunged" in the UK during the Covid pandemic as people avoided pubs and drank wine and spirits at home instead, industry analysis found.

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Welsh councillor who started coffee shop and wine bar without planning permission found to be in “serious breach” of code of conduct Published Date: 13/02/2022

Local Government Lawyer reported that a Vale of Glamorgan councillor who sits on the local authority's planning committee has been found in breach of its code of conduct after establishing a cafe without first securing planning permission.

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Partnership work successfully shuts down illegal Facebook lotteries Published Date: 08/02/2022

An investigation led by the Gambling Commission has seen the disruption of illegal lotteries operating on social media platform, Facebook.

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Pavement Licensing - Consultation open Published Date: 07/02/2022

DLUHC are consulting on proposals for a permanent regime for pavement licensing.  The consultation is now live but will close on Friday 11th February 2022.

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Government review of gambling laws now not expected until May Published Date: 07/02/2022

Government proposals to reform gambling laws are reportedly now unlikely to be published until May.

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Secretary of State indicates support for hybrid meetings Published Date: 06/02/2022

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has said he is “strongly in sympathy with the view that hybrid meetings should continue in order to ensure the maximum amount of efficiency”.

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Levelling Up White Paper published Published Date: 02/02/2022

The Government has launched its  Levelling Up White Paper which includes plans to explore more devolution of transport powers and responsibilities in England.  The White Paper includes reference to potential devolution of transport powers and responsibilities including control of taxi and private hire licensing to combined and upper tier authorities.

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Gambling Commission partnerships shut down illegal Facebook lotteries Published Date: 02/02/2022

An investigation led by the Gambling Commission has seen the disruption of illegal lotteries operating on social media platform, Facebook.

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DEFRA Q&As re reviewed guidance: The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018 Published Date: 01/02/2022

DEFRA have provided a Q&A to assist and inform stakeholders in relation to the reviewed statutory guidance issued under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.  The new guidance comes into effect today (1 February) and will be updated online at midday.

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UPDATED: Animal activities licensing: statutory guidance for local authorities Published Date: 01/02/2022

DEFRA has published the revised statutory guidance for local authority inspectors in England on licensing activities involving animals. The guidance explains the conditions that businesses need to meet in order to receive an animal activities licence. The latest updates are intended to clarify drafting errors in guidance notes and to replace PDFs with HTML documents.

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Up to one million women in Great Britain at risk of gambling harms Published Date: 31/01/2022

New analysis shows up to one million women in Great Britain could be at risk of experiencing harm from gambling, the charity GambleAware has warned, as they launch a new campaign today (31 January) for women to highlight the warning signs of problem gambling and signpost towards support.

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Scottish COVID Recovery and Reform Bill introduced Published Date: 30/01/2022

Legislation proposing the permanent adoption or temporary extension of some beneficial measures enacted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been published in Scotland.

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Covid in Scotland: Rules on distancing and face masks relaxed further Published Date: 28/01/2022

Rules on physical distancing and the wearing of face masks in certain circumstances are being relaxed.

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Wales completes move to alert level zero with nightclubs reopening Published Date: 28/01/2022

Wales will move fully into alert level zero tomorrow as coronavirus cases begin to stabilise, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Plan B rules phased out in England Published Date: 27/01/2022

Face coverings and Covid passes are no longer legally required in England, after the relaxation of Plan B rules came into effect on Thursday (27 Jan 2022).

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1,300 reports of needle spiking incidents in six months Published Date: 27/01/2022

There’s been over 1,300 needle spiking incidents in the last six months, according to evidence given to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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Local government bodies call for change in law on remote meetings Published Date: 27/01/2022

A group of local government organisations have written an open letter and raised a petition calling on the UK Government to pass legislation allowing a resumption of remote meetings.

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All Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group publish findings Published Date: 26/01/2022

The Parliamentary All-Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has issued a severe, if subjective, set of findings from its investigation into the effectiveness of the Gambling Commission.

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Gambling Local Authority Return Changes Published Date: 26/01/2022

The Gambling Commission has announced changes to the statutory returns.

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Prison sentence for unlicensed Caerphilly dog breeder Published Date: 24/01/2022

A Caerphilly man has been sentenced for unlicensed dog breeding under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

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Judicial review challenge against Welsh Ministers over “unevidenced” Covid Pass scheme Published Date: 23/01/2022

Campaign group Big Brother Watch has launched a judicial review challenge against the Welsh Government over its ‘Covid Pass’, claiming that the scheme is unlawful “as it is disproportionate and unevidenced”.

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Telford and Wrekin Council cracks down on illegal puppy trading Published Date: 23/01/2022

Investigations by Telford and Wrekin Council’s trading standards officers, into puppies being sold illegally in Telford, has resulted in a successful prosecution at Shrewsbury Crown Court on 7th January.

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Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue in Wales Published Date: 21/01/2022

Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 on 28 January, First Minister Mark Drakeford confirmed today, unless the public health situation changes for the worse.

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Numbers of spiking cases ‘underreported’ Published Date: 20/01/2022

MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee have been told that the number of spiking cases in the UK is likely to be ‘underreported quite significantly’.

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Action to improve animal welfare in Scotland Published Date: 20/01/2022

Legislation to end the harmful practice of setting ‘glue traps’ is to be brought forward by the Scottish Government in order to protect animal welfare.

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Face mask rules and Covid passes to end in England Published Date: 19/01/2022

England's Plan B measures are to end from next Thursday (27 January 2022), with mandatory face coverings in public places and Covid passports both dropped, the Prime Minister has announced.

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Government response to the consultation on Offensive Weapons Act 2019: draft statutory guidance Published Date: 18/01/2022

The Government has published its response to the consultation on the draft statutory guidance on measures in the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 (“the Act”)) in relation to the sale, delivery and possession of bladed articles, bladed products and corrosives. The final version of the guidance has also been published.

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Omicron measures to be lifted in Scotland from Monday Published Date: 18/01/2022

Scottish Government confirms that additional measures aimed at stemming the spread of the Omicron variant whilst the vaccination booster programme took effect are to be lifted from 5:00am on Monday 24th January 2022.

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England's Plan B restrictions to be "scrapped" Published Date: 16/01/2022

Covid cases have plunged by a third compared to this time last week, official figures show.

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Nightclubs in Wales to re-open in Welsh Restrictions Review Published Date: 16/01/2022

Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has issued a statement following a review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

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Council prosecution sees dog breeders ordered to pay £450k+ Published Date: 16/01/2022

A couple who illegally bred dogs have been ordered to pay more than £450,000 following a successful prosecution by Vale of Glamorgan Council.

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‘No regulator’ at large events to ensure adequate first aid provision Published Date: 14/01/2022

There is currently no regulator to ensure venues have adequate first aid provision, the Manchester Arena Inquiry has been told.

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Gambling Commission and Local Authorities: Applying a public health approach to tackling gambling harms Published Date: 12/01/2022

The Gambling Commission has issued an update on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms launched almost 3 years ago, and set the framework for improving prevention, education, and treatment support around gambling harms throughout Great Britain.

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Bristol nil SEV policy "will put dancers in danger" Published Date: 12/01/2022

The BBC reported that "closing strip clubs in Bristol" will push the sex industry underground and put dancers "into more danger", a woman who works one of the venues says.

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Consultation on changes and updates to Gambling Commission's Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy Published Date: 11/01/2022

The Gambling Commission is consulting on changes to its Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy.

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Scotland: Large outdoor events resume from 17 January Published Date: 11/01/2022

The Scottish Governemnt have confirmed that large outdoor events can resume without physical distancing or capacity limits from 00:01 on Monday 17 January, following a review of all measures in place to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Measures covering indoor events and hospitality to be reviewed in one week.

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Government publishes Protect Duty consultation findings Published Date: 10/01/2022

Majority of respondents support tougher security measures, including a legal duty on public venues, to ensure preparedness for and protection from terrorist attacks.

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Home Office and DBS prepare for new digital identity checks Published Date: 10/01/2022

The Home Office and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are preparing to allow digital identity checks within the new trust framework developed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Northamptonshire: Council to pay former publican substantial damages Published Date: 07/01/2022

North Northamptonshire Council has agreed to pay "substantial damages" to a publican who alleged abuse of process in a food safety case brought against him by a predecessor authority more than 20 years ago.

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee: relaxation of licensing hours (Consultation) Published Date: 07/01/2022

The Government is consulting on a national relaxation of licensing hours for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the 2 June 2022.  The consultation is aimed at members of the public, local licensing authorities, licensed premises, and other interested parties in England and Wales where these proposals apply.

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People asked to keep Wales safe as alert level 2 measures stay in place Published Date: 06/01/2022

First Minister Mark Drakeford has asked people to keep taking steps to protect each other and keep Wales safe from the wave of Omicron cases, as he confirms that alert level 2 measures will stay in place in Wales.

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Ministers reject calls for council meetings to be held online Published Date: 04/01/2022

Councils must continue holding meetings in person, the Government has said, as it rejected calls to introduce laws despite the spread of the Omicron variant.

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LAIA 2018 Refreshed Guidance Documents - To come into force 1st Feb 2022 Published Date: 04/01/2022

Defra has been working with stakeholders to carry out a “light touch review” of the guidance notes that accompany The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

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Consultation to extend licensing hours for Queen's Platinum Jubilee Published Date: 03/01/2022

Pubs, clubs and bars could be allowed to stay open for an extra 2 hours over extended bank holiday weekend.

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TEN forms updated Published Date: 01/01/2022

The online Temporary Event Notice (TEN) Form and the Prescribed form of counter notice (permitted limits) have been updated on gov.uk to reflect a change in the number of TENs permitted in a calendar year.

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Scotland: Nightclubs to close Published Date: 23/12/2021

Nightclubs will close from 27 December to tackle the transmission of Omicron which continues to spread rapidly. The Scottish Government says the closures will be reviewed in three weeks/

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Northern Ireland Executive announces £40 million support for hospitality sector Published Date: 23/12/2021

A £40 million support package for businesses in the hospitality sector has been announced by the Northern Ireland Executive.

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Strengthened measures to keep Wales safe as omicron strikes Published Date: 22/12/2021

New measures including 2m social distancing in all premises open to the public and workplaces, and the rule of 6  gatherings in regulated premises will be introduced from 6am on Boxing Day to help keep Wales safe.

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Scotland: £21 million to support culture and events Published Date: 22/12/2021

A £21 million support package to support Scotland's cultural and events organisations and freelancers experiencing cancellations due to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant has been announced.

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Self-isolation for COVID-19 cases reduced from 10 to 7 days following negative LFD tests Published Date: 22/12/2021

From today (22 December 2022), new guidance enables the 10-day self-isolation period for people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) to be reduced to 7 days, in most cases.

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Updated: Licensing authority guide to right to work checks Published Date: 22/12/2021

This guidance is for licensing authority staff responsible for the issue, renewal, suspension and revocation of private hire and taxi driver licences and operator licences (called booking office licences in Scotland). It has been updated to explain changes to checks from 6 April 2022.

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The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) Amendment Order Published Date: 21/12/2021

The Government laid in Parliament a Statutory Instrument making permanent the right to erect without planning application a "moveable structure within the curtilage of [non-listed] pubs, cafes, restaurants or historic visitor attractions".

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Guidance updated: Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs Published Date: 21/12/2021

The guidance on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus has been updated to include the latest advice on lateral flow testing.

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£1 billion in support for businesses most impacted by Omicron across the UK Published Date: 21/12/2021

Additional support will be available for businesses who have been impacted by the Omicron variant, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced.

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Ola wins new London PHV operator’s licence as appeal allowed Published Date: 21/12/2021

Ola, the world’s third largest app-based operator of private hire vehicles (“PHV”) and taxis, with some 1.5 million drivers globally, has a new 15-month London private hire operator’s licence following their successful appeal against Transport for London’s (“TfL”) decision not to renew their licence when it expired back in October 2020. The case was reported in The Telegraph on 17 December 2021.

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Scotland introduce further measures to reduce spread of Omicron variant Published Date: 21/12/2021

Scotland is introducing additional steps to slow spread of dominant Omicron variant that will be reviewed after three weeks.

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Outdoor weddings and civil partnerships consultation launched Published Date: 20/12/2021

Marrying couples will have greater choice in how they celebrate their big day under government plans to legalise outdoor weddings in England and Wales.

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Boost for high streets and businesses as markets and outdoor marquees allowed permanently Published Date: 20/12/2021

Measures originally introduced during the pandemic will now be made permanent following public consultation.

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Restrictions for sporting events in Wales from Boxing Day Published Date: 20/12/2021

Sporting events will be played behind closed doors from Boxing Day in Wales to help control the spread of the new omicron variant.

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Animal Welfare Guidance review Published Date: 17/12/2021

Defra has been working with stakeholders to carry out a “light touch review” of the guidance notes that accompany The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. The updated guidance notes will come into force on 1st February 2022 and will be published on gov.uk in html format.

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Welsh Government: Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/12/2021

First Minister First Minister, Mark Drakeford MS has published a written statement following the latest review of the coronavirus regulations.    The statement sets out the Welsh Government’s expectations that the number of cases of the omicron variant will increase sharply, and new restrictions which will come into force on 27 December to help control the spread of the virus and to prevent large numbers of people needing hospital care. The measures include 2 metre social distancing for businesses and services after Christmas, while nightclubs must close from 27th December.

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Government not extending provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 to airside premises Published Date: 16/12/2021

The Government said there is not sufficient new evidence which makes a compelling case for extending all of the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 to airside premises.

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Joint statement from the Northern Ireland Executive – update on COVID-19 situation Published Date: 16/12/2021

Statement from the Executive says scenario planning is underway to develop a package of potential measures that could be used to slow the spread of the virus and when would be the most effective time to deploy them.

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Scotland: New Guidance for Businesses published Published Date: 16/12/2021

New guidance to help limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has been published. This guidance will take effect from 00.01 Friday 17 December. From Friday, businesses will be legally required to take reasonable measures to minimise transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

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COVID Pass starts in England today Published Date: 15/12/2021

Adults in England must now show a Covid pass to enter nightclubs, big sports matches and other large events - despite nearly 100 Conservative MPs voting against the government's plans.

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Scotland: New measures required to slow the spread of Coronavirus Published Date: 15/12/2021

As Omicron continues to spread, the Scottish Government sets out new guidance and measures to take effect from midnight on Friday to stem the flow of transmission, keep businesses and services open, and protect against pressure on health services.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence (VAWDASV) National Strategy Published Date: 15/12/2021

The Welsh Government are seeking views on an updated National Strategy to stop violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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Guidance: Carrying out mandatory COVID-19 status checks at your venue or event Published Date: 14/12/2021

Guidance has been published for organisations setting out which venues and events must use the NHS COVID Pass, or equivalent proof of vaccination or testing, as a condition of entry, and how to operate the scheme.  It is published on the basis that if approved by Parliament, checking the COVID-19 status of attendees will be mandatory in certain settings from 6am Wednesday 15 December.

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LGA calls for urgent legislation for remote council meetings in light of Omicron variant Published Date: 13/12/2021

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, calls for urgent legislation to facilitate councils being able to host remote meetings in light of the Omicron variant.

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Avoid illegal puppy sellers Published Date: 13/12/2021

Councils have warned people looking to buy a puppy this Christmas to be on the lookout for criminal sellers.

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UK coronavirus (COVID-19) UK alert level increased from Level 3 to Level 4 Published Date: 13/12/2021

Following advice from the UK Health Security Agency and in the light of the rapid increase in Omicron cases, the UK Chief Medical Officers and NHS England National Medical Director have recommended to ministers that the UK COVID-19 alert level should increase from Level 3 to Level 4.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Entry to Venues and Events) (England) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 13/12/2021

The draft Regulations imposing duties on those responsible for organising certain events, or managing certain venues to check the vaccination status of costumers in England have been published. These Regulations will be voted on, on Tuesday 13 December 2021 by the House of Commons.

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NEXSTART Group A Spiking Note Published Date: 13/12/2021

NEXSTART Group A has produced an advice note on spiking.

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House of Lords Report: Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery Published Date: 12/12/2021

The House of Lords COVID-19 Committee has published its report which recommends increased power and resources for local authorities, a blended approached to regeneration and a focus on tackling inequalities.

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Wales remain at Level 0 but face coverings regulations amended from 11 December Published Date: 11/12/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has issued a written statement following the review of The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020.  The statement advises that  changes on face coverings (intended to remove any ambiguity from the regulations) will come into force on Saturday 11 December, meanwhile Wales will remain at alert level zero, although the public health situation will be closely monitored with Ministers meeting regularly to consider if additional protections are necessary in light of the omicron variant.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 10/12/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 (“the principal Regulations”) to add to the list of places where face coverings must be worn, provide for gatherings where face coverings need not be worn, correct errors in the principal Regulations, remove the powers of the Secretary of State to disapply its legal requirements for the purposes of legal research, and clarify which persons are potentially liable to prosecution for an offence in relation to contraventions of regulations 6 and 7. They also extend the period during which the Regulations are in force until 26th January 2022.

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Home Affairs Committee launch spiking inquiry Published Date: 10/12/2021

As part of this inquiry, the Committee has also launched a public survey to give individuals who have experienced or witnessed incidents of spiking ,the opportunity to explain what happened and what support was provided following the incident, including what happened if the incident was reported.

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Concerns mount over COVID-19 measures impacting fragile recovery Published Date: 10/12/2021

Britain’s managed pub, bar and restaurant groups recorded tentative sales growth in November, the new edition of the Coffer CGA Business Tracker reveals—but with the news of restrictions due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19, and supply and staffing costs all rising, Christmas trading is under severe pressure.

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Gambling Commission publishes Compliance and Enforcement Report Published Date: 09/12/2021

The Gambling Commission has published its annual Compliance and Enforcement Report – a document featuring the findings of the regulator’s extensive casework against licence holders and detailing where the industry needs to raise standards.

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Negative COVID-19 tests added to Scotland’s vaccine passport scheme Published Date: 08/12/2021

Covid certification scheme includes provision for a negative test for Covid-19, as an alternative to proof of vaccination.

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Prime Minister announce Plan B for England Published Date: 08/12/2021

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced that England will move to Plan B with the first measures being introduced from this week.

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United Trade Action Group Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Transport for London [2021] EWHC 3290 (Admin) Published Date: 06/12/2021

The High Court has handed down its judgement in the case of United Trade Action Group Ltd, R (On the Application Of) v Transport for London [2021] EWHC 3290 (Admin).

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Ireland closes nightclubs and tightens Covid rules Published Date: 05/12/2021

Irish Government approves additional public health measures to help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Updated Government guidance to reflect new rules in response to Omicron variant Published Date: 05/12/2021

The Government has updated a range of online guidance to reflect new rules in response to Omicron variant.

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Renewed call for remote meetings as omicron spreads Published Date: 05/12/2021

Lawyers in Local Government and the Association of Democratic Services Officers have called on the Government to restore the ability of councils to meet remotely, even if only for a temporary period, in light of the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant.

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Wales Covid pass pub extension Published Date: 05/12/2021

BBC reports that a decision on whether to extend Covid passes to pubs and restaurants will be made at the "last minute", First Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

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Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) taxis and PHV guidance Published Date: 02/12/2021

Guidance on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus has been updated.

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NTIA campaign: Night Time Advisors for every major city Published Date: 02/12/2021

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) have launched a campaign to establish the position of Night Time Economy Advisors in every major city in the UK, arguing they will help to kickstart the embattled sector’s recovery from pandemic closures.

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SIA enforcement operations target Shropshire and Staffordshire venues, clubs and bars Published Date: 02/12/2021

Investigators from the Security Industry Authority (SIA) conducted enforcement operations in Telford and Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton on Saturday 27 November.

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Greentube Alderney Limited fined £685K for social responsibility and money laundering failures Published Date: 02/12/2021

Greentube Alderney – which operates admiralcasino.co.uk and bellfruitcasino.com – will also undergo extensive independent auditing for the failures which occurred between December 2019 and November 2020.

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Hidden economy conditionality - Northern Ireland and Scotland Published Date: 01/12/2021

The government will introduce legislation in the next Finance Bill to make the renewal of certain licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland conditional on applicants completing checks that confirm they are appropriately registered for tax. The government intends to implement this change from April 2023.

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The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 Published Date: 01/12/2021

The Department for Communities has updated its website regarding the expected commencement dates of the remaining changes that the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 makes to liquor licensing laws in Northern Ireland.

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Sefton Council overturns Magistrates Court’s decision to grant ex-policeman convicted of child abduction taxi licence. Published Date: 29/11/2021

Sefton Council have successfully appealed the decision of the Magistrates Court to grant a taxi driver licence to a former policeman with a previous conviction for abducting a 15-year-old girl.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings) (England) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 29/11/2021

The instrument makes this provision by requiring members of the public to wear face coverings indoors in a number of relevant places including whilst inside certain indoor settings including shops, shopping centres, banks, transports hubs, and when using public transport services, in England, except in limited cases.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 29/11/2021

The effect of this amendment will be that anyone in England who is notified by NHS Test and Trace (or other specified bodies) that they are a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant will be legally required to self-isolate regardless of age or vaccination status.

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England's Covid rules are being strengthened Published Date: 28/11/2021

England's Covid rules are being strengthened in response to concern over the Omicron variant, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced. From 4am Tuesday 30 November face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so.

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Chairman's Special Recognition 2021 Published Date: 26/11/2021

IoL Chairman Daniel Davies presented special recognitions to Margaret O'Donnell and Joanne Moran from Wirral Council and Kate Roberts from Merseyside Police at the IoL's National Training Conference on 18th November 2021.

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Sarah Clover and Gary Grant awarded Fellowship Published Date: 25/11/2021

It was a pleasure and a privilege for the Institute of Licensing to be able to recognise the unique contributions to licensing and to the Instiute of Licensing for two of its prominent Board members. Gary Grant and Sarah Clover were both awarded Fellowship at the Institute's Gala dinner on Thursday 18th November 2021.

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High Court refuse judicial review claim in premises licence transfer case Published Date: 25/11/2021

The High Court refuse permission to bring a judicial review claim in premises licence transfer consent dispute.

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Permission to apply for judicial review granted in challenge to COVID Culture Recovery Fund Published Date: 25/11/2021

Permission to apply for judicial review has been granted in a challenge against the refusal to provide Cultural Recovery Funding as operated by the Art Council at the behest of the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sports.

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No extension to Scottish vaccine passport scheme Published Date: 23/11/2021

Scotland's vaccine passport system will not be extended to more venues, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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Andy Parsons wins 10th Jeremy Allen Award Published Date: 21/11/2021

The Award, provided by Poppleston Allen Solicitors and the Institute of Licensing, was presented to Andy Parsons in recognition of his oustanding contribution to licensing through his long term public service within the Home Office.

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Gambling Commission Consultation on changes and updates to the Licensing, Compliance, and Enforcement Policy Published Date: 19/11/2021

The Gambling Commission are consulting on proposed changes and updates to its Licensing, Compliance and Enforcement Policy. The consultation will run until 9 February 2022).

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Offenders to be banned from drinking to cut alcohol-fuelled crime Published Date: 17/11/2021

Offenders released from prison face being banned from drinking from today (17 November 2021) under world-first plans to curb alcohol-fuelled crime.

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DVLA seeks views on widening pool of healthcare professionals completing medical questionnaires Published Date: 08/11/2021

DVLA has launched a consultation on widening the pool of healthcare professionals that can complete a driver’s medical questionnaire. The aim is to reduce the burden on the medical profession.

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Updated online immigration status Published Date: 08/11/2021

The Home Office has updated its immigration status checking guidance.

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SEV licensing to be implemented in the Highlands Published Date: 08/11/2021

Sex entertainment venues (SEVs) in the Highlands will be required to hold a licence from 2023, following a decision by the council’s licensing committee.

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New safety standards for Greater Manchester’s taxis move a step closer Published Date: 07/11/2021

Greater Manchester’s Leaders have published the final set of standards that taxis and private hire vehicles that are licensed by GM local authorities will be expected to meet by 2024. There will be local transition arrangements to help smooth the path for owners of vehicles, as well as funding from the GM Clean Air Plan to help locally licensed vehicle owners to upgrade to lower emission vehicles.

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High Court Rule on Hackney Carriage proprietor licence dispute Published Date: 07/11/2021

In Camayo v Colchester Borough Council [2021] EWHC 2933, Peter Marquand, sitting as a deputy High Court judge, ruled on a Hackney Carriage ownership dispute.

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Taxi driver shortages Published Date: 07/11/2021

The Licensed Private Car Hire Association (LPCHA) estimates the industry is short of 160,000 of the previously 300,000-strong workforce who have not returned after the pandemic. It has suggested that a backlog in licensing and registration of vehicles, as well as criminal and medical checks for drivers, are partly to blame.

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Manchester Crown Court dismiss cases brought by Animal Protection Services Published Date: 07/11/2021

HH Judge Nicholas Dean Q.C., Honorary Recorder of Manchester, has dismissed two cases brought by Animal Protection Services, a private prosecutor, following serious concerns they "may have been involved in systematic fraud and in perverting the course of public justice."

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Ex-mayor's removal as DPS overturned on appeal Published Date: 01/11/2021

A court as overturned a decision of Fenland Council's sub-committee to remove former Wisbech mayor Aigars Balsevics as DPS of the Angel public house in Wisbech for Covid-19 breaches.

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Taxi driver loses two appeals against licence revocation Published Date: 31/10/2021

Aldershot Magistrates Court has upheld our decision to revoke a person's Private Hire Driver and Operator Licence.

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Member survey re First Aid conditions on premises licences Published Date: 31/10/2021

The IoL hopes to assist the Inquiry in understanding the position in relation to premises licence conditions concerning first aid provision,

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The taxi shortage is making women feel unsafe Published Date: 31/10/2021

Cancelled rides and long waits for cabs across the UK are fuelling women’s fears.

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Spending Review 2021 Published Date: 29/10/2021

The government has published the Spending Review, delivering on key commitments to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, support the jobs and industries of the future and invest in a high-wage, high-skill economy.

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Strengthened measures to reduce high coronavirus cases in Wales Published Date: 29/10/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that  alert level zero protective measures will be strengthened to keep people safe and help reduce high levels of coronavirus in Wales.

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Betting And Gaming Council Pledge As New Report Suggests Problem and At-Risk Gambling Rates Are Falling Published Date: 28/10/2021

The Betting and Gaming Council has pledged to “keep up the momentum” in its quest to raise standards after a new report suggested that problem and at-risk gambling rates are falling.

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Vaccine passports could push people to pubs Published Date: 26/10/2021

Vaccine passports could fuel the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging people to go to poorly ventilated pubs instead of large venues, the Government’s own impact assessment has reportedly warned.

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Man who ran dog breeding business illegally for 16 months granted dog breeding licence Published Date: 26/10/2021

Plymouth Live reported that in March Plymouth City Council sought to ban Michael Dawson, aged 49, from selling dogs or being in any business which bred or sold them. He sold dogs over Facebook and Instagram without a licence.

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Two men arrested in Nottingham spiking investigation Published Date: 25/10/2021

Nottinghamshire Police have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into spiking incidents in Nottingham.

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Wales NHS Covid pass fines Published Date: 25/10/2021

The Welsh government has confirmed anyone caught using a fake Covid pass or lateral flow test result in Wales will be fined.

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‘Ask for Angela’ launched in London Published Date: 25/10/2021

The ‘Ask for Angela’ initiative is being rolled out to bars, clubs and other licensed businesses across the whole of London, including in the City of London.

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Consultation on draft regulations: tax conditionality for the hidden economy Published Date: 22/10/2021

HMRC has published draft regulations for technical consultation. The draft regulations contain administrative details about how the tax check process will operate; in particular, how certain actions must be carried out and when certain actions take place.

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National Pubwatch Awards: IoL Chairman Daniel Davies receives Award of Merit Published Date: 20/10/2021

The National Pubwatch Awards held at the House of Lords on 19th October saw Dan Davies, chairman of the Institute of Licensing (IoL), receive an Award of Merit. There were also two Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Awards given to door supervisor of Shooshh in Brighton, Clive Read and general manager of The Winery in Burton, Becky Goulding, while Bedsafe, the Bedford pubwatch, was awarded the National Pubwatch Award 2021.

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Door security shortage a 'threat to public safety' Published Date: 18/10/2021

A shortage of door security staff in the UK could become a "threat to public safety", the Night Time Industry Association (NTIA) has warned.

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Scottish vaccine certification scheme - information for local authorities Published Date: 18/10/2021

Scottish government issue guidance to help local councils enforce the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme.

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Scotland vaccine passport scheme has become enforceable by law Published Date: 18/10/2021

The Scottish government's vaccine passport scheme has become enforceable by law from today (18/10/2021).

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Licence application tax check: information and communications resources Published Date: 16/10/2021

HMRC has published information on Gov.UK to help licensees and licensing bodies to prepare for new tax checks that were introduced in Schedule 33 of Finance Act 2021.

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Scottish Government publish further vaccine passport guidance Published Date: 16/10/2021

Scottish Government publish further vaccine passport guidance including privacy templates, sample certificates, guidance on how to carry out the scheme.

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Union files claim against Uber over alleged racial bias in facial recognition software Published Date: 16/10/2021

A workers' union has filed a claim alleging that a facial recognition algorithm used by Uber is leading to the termination of darker-skinned workers at a disproportionate rate.

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SIA publishes interim update to the Manchester Arena Inquiry Published Date: 15/10/2021

The SIA has published its interim update to the Manchester Arena Inquiry, which outlines the SIA's progress on 2 of the Inquiry's monitored recommendations.

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Regulatory settlement for Leeds Casino Published Date: 13/10/2021

A casino will pay £450,000 after a Gambling Commission investigation revealed social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures at the business.

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90,000 jobs lost to Covid in Cultural Night Time Sector Published Date: 11/10/2021

A new report released today has found that the UK’s night time cultural economy sector has been ravaged by the pandemic, with around 86,000 jobs lost in the sector since the 2019 high. The revelations have implications for the wider economy’s recovery from the pandemic, with clear evidence of significant economic ‘scarring’.

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Wales NHS Covid passes become compulsory Published Date: 11/10/2021

They are compulsory for over-18s, and show people have either tested negative on a lateral flow test or are fully vaccinated against Covid.

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Review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restriction) (No.5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 10/10/2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 require a review of the coronavirus restrictions is undertaken every three weeks. The most recent review was due by 8 October.

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Walsall extend cumulative impact areas in updated licensing policy Published Date: 10/10/2021

Following a cumulative impact area (CIA) consultation earlier this summer, Walsall’s full council approved an updated licensing policy, expanding the cumulative impact policy currently in place across the WS1 postcode area. These changes to the policy have taken effect.

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Statement on Executive decisions – Covid relaxations in Northern Ireland, October 2021 Published Date: 08/10/2021

The Executive has agreed a number of gradual and proportionate relaxations to the current Coronavirus restrictions, informed by medical and scientific advice. The relaxations will take effect on 14th and 31st October 2021.

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IoL member survey: Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence Published Date: 05/10/2021

The Autumn and Winter Plan 2021, published on 14 September, sets out the government’s aims to sustain the progress made and prepare the country for future challenges, while ensuring the National Health Service (NHS) does not come under unsustainable pressure. If the data suggests the NHS is likely to come under unsustainable pressure, the government has prepared a Plan B for England.

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Updated: Licensing authority guide to right to work checks Published Date: 05/10/2021

Updated guidance for licensing authorities on how to check the immigration status of people who apply for a taxi or private hire licence.

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Scottish vaccine certification scheme - what do you need to know and do? Published Date: 05/10/2021

Stephen McGowan from TLT Solicitors and IoL Scotland Regional Chair produced guidance on the Scottish vaccine certification scheme.

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Police & Local Authorities given extra £23.5m for safer streets  Published Date: 04/10/2021

Successful bids from the third round of the Safer Streets Fund announced, with Police and Crime Commissioners and local authorities across England and Wales to receive a total of £23.5 million on top of the £18.4 million already awarded this year for the second round of the Fund

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Westminster amends Licensing Policy to introduce alcohol delivery policy changes Published Date: 01/10/2021

Westminster approved amendments to its Licensing Policy to introduce new policies around delivery of alcohol as well as Late Night Refreshment.

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Scotland issue vaccine certification scheme guidance Published Date: 01/10/2021

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on how the vaccine certification (or COVID passport) scheme operates and what venues, businesses and event organisers need to do.

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Landmark report reveals harms associated with gambling Published Date: 01/10/2021

Landmark report reveals harms associated with gambling estimated to cost society at least £1.27 billion a year

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Proposal for mandatory COVID certification in a Plan B scenario: call for evidence Published Date: 01/10/2021

The government is inviting responses to the detail on the proposed certification regime which could be introduced as part of Plan B. The government is particularly interested in views from businesses, event organisers and venue operators, including from those that have experience of using certification on a voluntary basis over the summer, and on the proposals for the workforce.

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Northern Ireland Betting in line for major gambling law changes as the Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill reaches 2nd stage Published Date: 30/09/2021

Deirdre Hargey, Northern Ireland’s Minister for Communities, has presented the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Amendment) Bill to the Northern Ireland Assembly.   The Bill had its second reading on 27 September, marking the second  of a seven-step process that must be completed before the amendment expires in 2022.

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New Hospitality Council to guide the sector's recovery Published Date: 30/09/2021

A team of industry experts has been assembled to help England’s pubs, restaurants and cafes to thrive.  The council met for the first time this week and its purpose is to help deliver the government’s Hospitality Strategy which intended to help firms to reopen, recover and become resilient following the pandemic through al fresco dining and takeaways.

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Updated COVID-19 regulations guidance Published Date: 29/09/2021

The government has updated guidance on council powers under COVID-19 regulations.

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Vaccine passports could be mandatory at indoor and outdoor venues Published Date: 29/09/2021

The prospect of vaccine passports being used at indoor and outdoor venues in England this winter has been raised again by the Government.

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New controls on gambling in central London to protect the most vulnerable Published Date: 28/09/2021

Westminster City Council is consulting on a unique new gambling policy that aims to protect people who may be vulnerable to gambling-related harm and gambling addiction.

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New report from Poppleston Allen and Francis Taylor Building defines legal timeline of the COVID-19 restrictions that impacted the hospitality sector. Published Date: 24/09/2021

In what is believed to be a sector first, today sees the national launch of a 50-page report covering the COVID-19 related legislative changes which affected the hospitality sector, from the start of restrictions to Step 4 of the Roadmap and the full re-opening of hospitality in July 2021.

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Legal Challenge for vaccine passports in Scotland Published Date: 23/09/2021

The Night Time Industries Association has reportedly instructed lawyers to commence legal proceedings against the Scottish government in relation to plans to require people to prove they have had two doses of vaccine before entering certain venues and large events.

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Scotland's Vaccine Passport Scheme - further details confirmed Published Date: 23/09/2021

The Scottish Government has published an update on plans for introducing a COVID-19 vaccine certification scheme, including how the scheme will operate.

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Sajid Javid won’t rule out vaccine passports for pubs Published Date: 21/09/2021

In yet a further development, it has been reported that Sajid Javid said he won’t rule out vaccine passports for pubs. This follows an announcement that the Government plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England have been shelved.

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Regional COVID-19 restrictions could return as local health chiefs get new powers Published Date: 21/09/2021

Councils and regional health chiefs have been given new powers to implement COVID-19 safety measures to use if the NHS in their areas become overwhelmed during the winter. These include enforcing mask wearing and social distancing in public spaces, buildings and transport and allow councils to close individual premises or events.

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Cheltenham pursues climate ambition and improved accessibility for taxis Published Date: 21/09/2021

Council commits to reviewing its wheelchair accessible vehicle policy in line with meeting its climate zero carbon ambition by 2030. Dialogue advances with app developer to book accessible vehicles

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Gambling APPG announce a review of the Gambling Commission Published Date: 21/09/2021

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group has decided that for the year 2021/2022 it shall focus some of its time undertaking an investigation into the competence and effectiveness of the regulator of British gambling, the Gambling Commission.

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Establishing a statutory registration or licensing scheme for holiday accommodation operators in Wales Published Date: 21/09/2021

Strategic Research & Insight (SRI), an independent Cardiff-based research agency has been commissioned by Welsh Government to interview stakeholders to explore establishing a statutory registration or licensing scheme for holiday accommodation operators in Wales.

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COVID Pass for events and nightclubs announced in Wales Published Date: 19/09/2021

People will have to show a NHS COVID Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month, the First Minister announced.

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The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 16/09/2021

These Regulations amend section 11 of the Business and Planning Act 2020. Section 11 makes temporary modifications to the Licensing Act 2003 and specifies that these modifications expire on 30 September 2021.

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Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 Published Date: 14/09/2021

The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 (the Act) which received Royal Assent on 26 August 2021. The changes will come into effect in phases over the next few years with Phase 1 on 1 October 2021.

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Prime Minister sets out autumn and winter Covid plan Published Date: 14/09/2021

The Prime Minister has set out the government’s plan to manage Covid throughout autumn and winter, with Plan B measures held in reserve if needed.

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No Vaccine Passports for England Published Date: 13/09/2021

Plans to introduce vaccine passports for access into nightclubs and large events in England have been shelved.

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Scotland to launch vaccine passports on 1 October Published Date: 09/09/2021

The Scottish Parliament has approved the use of Coronavirus vaccination certificates to enter some events and higher risk venues.

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District Judge dismisses driver’s appeal for asking passenger intrusive questions Published Date: 07/09/2021

A District Judge has dismissed an appeal against the revocation of a private hire driver’s licence after finding he was guilty of a “wholly inappropriate intrusion into the private life” of a passenger on two separate journeys.

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Marcus Boyle appointed as new Chair of Gambling Commission Published Date: 07/09/2021

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has appointed Marcus Boyle as the next chair of the Gambling Commission for a term of five years.

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Covid passports to start in England this month Published Date: 06/09/2021

Vaccine passports in nightclubs and other indoor venues in England will be required at the end of this month, the vaccines minister has confirmed.

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Government consultation on changes to planning law to make outdoor measures for high streets permanent Published Date: 06/09/2021

This consultation contains proposed changes to two time-limited permitted development rights which were introduced to support businesses and the high street in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It covers moveable structures within the curtilage of a pub, café, restaurant, or historic visitor attractions and markets to be held by or on behalf of local authorities.

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Further relaxations in Northern Ireland announced Published Date: 06/09/2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a number of modest relaxations to the current Coronavirus Regulations which will come into effect on 10 September

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The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill listed for 2nd reading Published Date: 06/09/2021

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill is a Private Members Bill sponsored by Peter Gibson MP,  Conservative MP for Darlington.  The Bill was presented to Parliament on Wednesday 16 June 2021 through the ballot procedure. The Bill makes provision about licensing in relation to taxis and private hire vehicles for purposes relating to the safeguarding of passengers and road safety; and for connected purposes.

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Councils received 1,000 complaints a day about noisy neighbours during lockdowns Published Date: 02/09/2021

Councils received 1,000 complaints a day about noisy neighbours during the peak of the pandemic as multiple lockdowns forced many people to stay at home, according to a study.

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Right to work checks end of temporary adjustments extended further Published Date: 02/09/2021

Right to work checks end of temporary adjustments extended further to 2022 and revised guidance issued on 31 August 2021.

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Criminal checks for home-to-school drivers will be independently verified in Birmingham Published Date: 02/09/2021

A company will assist the council with verifying DBS checks of home-to-school transport drivers after a firm's contract was cancelled and another's was suspended

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Marcus Boyle appointed as new Chair of Gambling Commission Published Date: 02/09/2021

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has appointed Marcus Boyle as the next chair of the Gambling Commission for a term of five years.

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Ask for Angela Campaign Published Date: 01/09/2021

The Met and the Mayor of London have joined together with Safer Sounds, part of the Safer Business Network, and licensed venues across the capital to help keep people safe while enjoying a night out.

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National Pubwatch joins forces with Best Bar None to offer help to independent licensees and operators to make their venues safe Published Date: 24/08/2021

National Pubwatch and Best Bar None are working in partnership to support licensees and independent operators to reduce alcohol-related crime and meet their obligations under the Licensing Act.

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New powers to tackle cruel puppy smuggling move step closer Published Date: 23/08/2021

Welfare standards for dogs imported to the UK are to be tightened amid a rise in the "grim trade" of puppy smuggling, the government has said.

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Extension to contingency face covering distribution programme for both passengers and worker Published Date: 21/08/2021

The DfT have advised that a contingency face covering distribution programme has been extended in line with the recommendation and expectation that face coverings are worn in crowded settings such as public transport.

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Festival wins licence and defeats high court challenge Published Date: 21/08/2021

Event licence granted after High Court turns down judicial review claim on grounds of procedural defects.

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Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill - Second Reading Published Date: 19/08/2021

The Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Bill is set for a second reading in September.

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Appeal Court considers taxi driver’s licence revocation after acquittal in criminal courts Published Date: 18/08/2021

A case before Brighton Magistrates’ Court provides a good example of the proper approach to the fit and proper test being applied in practice in taxi licensing cases.

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Alcohol-related deaths reach 12-year high in Scotland Published Date: 18/08/2021

The number of deaths in Scotland attributed to alcohol have risen to the highest level in 12 years as experts warned the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to “undermine” recent progress.

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CMA calls for stronger laws to tackle illegal ticket resale Published Date: 17/08/2021

As live events such as music festivals and large sporting events resume over the coming months, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set out several recommended changes to the law and existing system of regulation, which are intended to protect consumers.

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Pubs and clubs which enforce vaccine passports could open fully during Covid surges Published Date: 17/08/2021

The Telegraph reported that nightclubs and concert venues could avoid social distancing rules during future coronavirus surges by agreeing to only admit customers who are double jabbed.

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Councils call to add public health to licensing remit for pubs and bars Published Date: 17/08/2021

The LGA has called for public health to be added to the factors councils consider when granting licences for bars, clubs and other premises, in a bid to reduce the number of alcohol-related hospital admissions.

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Over 7,000 licensed premises still in limbo following ‘freedom day’ Published Date: 16/08/2021

More than 7,000 licensed premises have not yet returned after last month’s ‘freedom day’, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Dog breeding establishments - local authority guidance Published Date: 16/08/2021

The Welsh Government are consulting on proposed recommendations as a result of the review of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 (the “Regulations”). The consultation will close on  17 September 2021.

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Welsh Government Consultation: Pet sales licensing regulations – local authority guidance Published Date: 16/08/2021

The Welsh Government are consulting on proposed regulations under the new Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Wales) Regulations 2021. The consultation will close on 1 October 2021.

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Northern Ireland Executive agrees relaxation of COVID rules Published Date: 12/08/2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed to move on some major issues, including removal of the need to self-isolate for those who have received both vaccinations, and to permit the return of conferences and exhibitions and extend the numbers allowed at outdoor domestic settings.

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Licensing committees and procedural defects Published Date: 10/08/2021

A recent High Court decision is a timely reminder of the principal that procedural requirements are there to further the interests of justice.

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LGA calls for public health objective Published Date: 09/08/2021

The LGA say that giving councils the powers to consider the public health impact of licensing decisions is vital to protect communities from harm, reduce NHS costs and save lives.

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Gambling Commission publishes new research which explores the gambling journeys and behaviours of young people Published Date: 06/08/2021

The Gambling Commission has published new research which explores the gambling journeys and behaviours of young people and adults aged 16 to 30.

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Nightlife industry joins COVID-19 vaccine push for young people Published Date: 06/08/2021

Leading figures of the nightlife industry – including venues Ministry of Sound and Heaven – have joined the national effort to get the country vaccinated as they urge young people to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Most of Wales' coronavirus rules to end Published Date: 06/08/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford will urge everyone to continue to help prevent the spread of coronavirus as he confirms Wales will move to the new alert level zero on Saturday [August 7].

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Government's National Disability Strategy Published Published Date: 06/08/2021

This strategy sets out the actions the government will take to improve the everyday lives of all disabled people including provisions relating to taxi accessibility.

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Journal of Licensing and LINK Magazines now online Published Date: 06/08/2021

Download the latest Journal of Licensing (Edition 30) and LINK magazine (Edition 11) from the IoL website.

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Government-backed insurance scheme to give boost to events industry Published Date: 05/08/2021

The live events sector is set to get a boost with a government-backed insurance scheme worth over £750 million, which will help them plan events with confidence through to next year, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced.

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Statutory guidance amended: Local authority powers to impose restrictions: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 05/08/2021

The Statutory guidance: Local authority powers to impose restrictions: Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No 3) Regulations 2020, has been amended to remove reference to a recommendation asking the local authority to seek advice from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport when issuing a direction on events, added references to the 3 legal tests in the examples section, plus some minor changes to wording throughout.

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Scotland to move beyond level 0 Published Date: 03/08/2021

The legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed on 9 August when all venues across Scotland are able to re-open.

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DfT publish 2021 taxi and private hire licensing statistics Published Date: 01/08/2021

Data about the number of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in England and Wales, produced by Department for Transport.

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MHCLG letter to Council Chief Executives on supporting temporary campsites in England this summer Published Date: 28/07/2021

Robert Jenrick MP tells councils to help meet the increased demand for domestic holidays over the summer because the Government wants to see more temporary campsites.

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Taxi driver fined for driving with an expired taxi licence Published Date: 27/07/2021

Vale of White Horse district Council has successfully prosecuted a taxi driver from Oxford after he admitted driving a taxi when not licensed to do so and failing to report damage to a licensed vehicle to the council.

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Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives Published Date: 27/07/2021

The Government decided to introduce legislation to restrict promotions of HFSS products by location and price in retailers that sell food and drink in-store and online in England. The government intends to lay legislation by mid-2021. The new legislation will be enforced by local authorities.

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Data shows the impact of Covid-19 on gambling behaviour Published Date: 27/07/2021

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how the evolving Covid-19 lockdown measures have impacted online gambling behaviour in Great Britain.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government updated Published Date: 27/07/2021

Updates include additions to business and charity support, local government finance and funding, national restrictions, public health, schools and education, testing, travel, and vaccines.

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MHCLG letter to Chief Executives on Delivery and Recovery of Local Authority Regulatory Services Published Date: 23/07/2021

MHCLG letter to Chief Executives on Delivery and Recovery of Local Authority Regulatory Services calling on LAs to "support the ongoing need for you to prioritise activity based on local need and intelligence".

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IoL welcome parliamentary report recommending better regulation of cosmetic treatments Published Date: 22/07/2021

The Institute of Licensing, RSPH, the Chartered Institute of Environment Health, the UK Public Health Network, the Joint Council for Cosmetics Practitioners, and Save Face, respond to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing’s recent report into the cosmetics industry.

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Extended pavement licensing Regulations comes into effect Published Date: 21/07/2021

The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021, which extend temporary pavement licence provisions to 30 September 2022, comes into effect.

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Government commit in principle to making pavement licensing permanent Published Date: 21/07/2021

The Government has confirmed it is considering the long-term future of pavement licences, with the aim of consulting on how to make them permanent.

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Two jabs needed to enter nightclubs from September Published Date: 21/07/2021

People attending nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather in England will need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September, the government says.

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Updated guidance for pavement licences Published Date: 21/07/2021

Guidance to accompany pavement licensing introduced in the Business and Planning Act 2020.

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Plans for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset Published Date: 21/07/2021

The Local Government Secretary has confirmed plans to establish new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset.

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MPs call on Government to address complete absence of regulation over botox and fillers and say maintaining the status quo is not an option Published Date: 21/07/2021

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing (the APPG), Chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, has published its final report into botox, fillers and similar aesthetic non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

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SIA publishes sector profile on recruitment and retention in the door supervision sector Published Date: 20/07/2021

The SIA has published a 'snapshot' profile of the door supervision sector. The report looks at employment issues in the sector. It draws on findings from recent surveys and past research conducted by the SIA. It also uses data from the SIA licensing system.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): taxis and PHVs guidance updated Published Date: 19/07/2021

Actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

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Government publishes new Hospitality Strategy for reopening, recovery and resilience Published Date: 19/07/2021

On Monday 19 July, the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets Paul Scully MP gave a written statement to the House of Commons on the Government's new Hospitality Strategy outlining plans to support the hospitality sector in recovering from the covid-19 pandemic. The strategy sets out the Government's long-term vision for the sector.

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Prime Minister urges caution as England moves to Step 4 Published Date: 19/07/2021

Cases continue to rise but the Government says the link with hospitalisations and deaths substantially weakened due to vaccination programme.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps etc.) (England) (Revocation and Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 18/07/2021

These Regulations revoke the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 and other Regulations imposing Covid restrictions.

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“Next steps towards a future with fewer covid rules” – Welsh First Minister Published Date: 15/07/2021

Wales will take its next step towards a future with fewer covid legal restrictions as First Minister Mark Drakeford today set out a longer-term plan for the summer.

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Government strategy to regenerate high streets Published Date: 15/07/2021

Long-term plan to support the evolution of high streets into thriving places to work, visit and live will breathe new life into town centres has been launched.

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Joint IoL and NTIA letter calls for pragmatism Published Date: 13/07/2021

A joint IoL and NTIA letter has been sent to Chairmen of Licensing Committees in councils across the country calling for pragmatism from licensing authorities saying "Partnership working with businesses, to allow them to recover and make their contribution to the economy has never been more important."

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Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July Published Date: 13/07/2021

This Government guidance will come into effect when England moves to step 4 of the roadmap.

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Update from GOV.UK for: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government Published Date: 13/07/2021

Updated guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Scotland confirms Level 0 from 19 July Published Date: 13/07/2021

People should continue to follow public health measures to protect one another as all of Scotland prepares to move to Level 0 at 00:01 on Monday 19 July.

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Prime Minister confirms move to Step 4 Published Date: 12/07/2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that Step 4 of the Roadmap will go ahead on Monday 19 July.  This follows an initial delay from 21 June, which was intended to enable more adults to be vaccinated.

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Guidance updated - COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 Published Date: 12/07/2021

The guidance has been updated to include the ‘Moving to Step 4 of the roadmap’ publication following the announcements earlier today. In addition, the Guidance 'Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July' has been updated.

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Face coverings to continue in Wales Published Date: 11/07/2021

The Welsh Government has confirmed that face coverings will continue to be required in certain settings, such as public transport and taxis, and health and social care, as a minimum, while coronavirus remains a public health threat.

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Extending the free contingency face covering distribution programme for passengers Published Date: 08/07/2021

DfT extends the offer to transport bodies of contingency face coverings for passengers at zero cost in line with the decision to pause Step 4 of the roadmap by four weeks.

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The Licensing Act 2003 (2020 UEFA European Championship Licensing Hours) Order 2021 Published Date: 08/07/2021

This Order is made under section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 (c. 17) and marks the occasion of the final match of the 2020 UEFA European Championship on 11th July 2021, which is hosted in the United Kingdom.

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Wedding or civil partnership guidance update Published Date: 08/07/2021

Guidance relating to "planning a wedding or civil partnership ceremony or reception, wake or commemorative event in venues such as gardens or marquees on private land" has been updated.

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Prime Minister sets out plan to ease restrictions at step 4 Published Date: 05/07/2021

COVID restrictions are set to end in England from step 4 of the Roadmap after the Prime Minister set out how life will soon return close to normal.

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Institute of Licensing response to consultation: Hidden economy conditionality – Northern Ireland and Scotland Published Date: 05/07/2021

The Institute of Licensing has responded to the consultation on hidden economy conditionality in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Council to hold virtual full meeting due to Covid rise Published Date: 04/07/2021

Cheshire West & Chester Council is to hold its next full meeting virtually with decisions later ratified under urgency procedures.

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Prime Minister to set out plans ahead of step 4 Published Date: 04/07/2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will host a press conference this afternoon to set out plans for the final step of the Roadmap in England.

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Bedford confirmed as first town in UK to trial Uber ‘Local Cab’ initiative Published Date: 01/07/2021

It has been confirmed that Bedford will be the first town in the UK to trial a new Uber initiative in partnership with a local taxi company.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 30) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 01/07/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the Local Levels Regulations”).

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Northern Ireland’s liquor licensing reform passed by Stormont Published Date: 29/06/2021

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has today finalised a Bill to modernise outdated liquor licensing legislation in Northern Ireland.

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Red tape cut to allow campsites to remain open all summer Published Date: 27/06/2021

Local councils in England urged to support businesses to set-up temporary ‘pop-up’ campsites without the need to apply for planning permission. The provisions do not remove the legal requirement for campsite licences, and the government is encouraging local authorities to expedite new applications for licences to provide certainty for applicants.

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The Immigration (Restrictions on Employment and Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) and Licensing Act 2003 (Personal and Premises Licences) (Forms) Order 2021 Published Date: 27/06/2021

This Order makes a number of changes to the documents which can be produced in order to evidence an individual’s right to work in the United Kingdom.

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Unlicensed and uninsured taxi driver fined and banned from driving, proprietor also fined Published Date: 25/06/2021

A taxi driver from Henley has been banned from driving and ordered to pay almost £1,000 after admitting driving a hackney carriage vehicle while not licensed and while uninsured. His taxi proprietor must also pay more than £1,200 following the offences, as it was their licensed vehicle he was driving.

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Welsh pub drinkers told to self-isolate Published Date: 25/06/2021

Drinkers at west Wales pub on day of Wales v Turkey Euro 2020 game told to self-isolate after positive Covid case

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Welsh government urge people not to sing or shout in order to stop the virus spreading Published Date: 25/06/2021

The Welsh government had asked fans to avoid shouting, singing, or chanting wherever they watched the game to try to prevent the virus spreading through air droplets.

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Popular bowling alley handed improvement notice just weeks after reopening Published Date: 25/06/2021

A popular bowling alley and entertainment venue has been handed an improvement notice for breaching coronavirus regulations just a month after reopening.

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Government announces more than 60,000 fans permitted to attend Euro 2020 semi-finals Published Date: 25/06/2021

UEFA EURO 2020 semi-finals and final on 6, 7 and 11 July 2021 will see the largest crowds assembled at a sporting event in the UK in over 15 months.

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Updated gov.uk Covid guidance Published Date: 25/06/2021

A round-up of updated Covid19 guidance published on gov.uk.

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Scotland Coronavirus Bill passed Published Date: 25/06/2021

Measures no longer necessary to support the ongoing public health response will be removed from the Scottish Coronavirus Acts after Parliament approved their expiration including expiration of powers to prevent the public attending in person local authority meetings and alcohol licensing hearings

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Scotland: "More normality if progress continues" Published Date: 25/06/2021

The whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19 July if all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 29) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 25/06/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the Local Levels Regulations”) including provisions relating to hospitality venues.

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LLG calls for ability of local authorities to hold virtual meetings to be made permanent Published Date: 22/06/2021

LLG (Lawyers in Local Government) has called for the ability of local authorities in England to hold meetings virtually to be put on a permanent footing, “to be used flexibility by each individual local authority when it so determines”.

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TfL win appeal over High Court ruling that quashed closure of A10 in Bishopsgate under ‘Streetspace’ scheme Published Date: 22/06/2021

In January this year the High Court sided with a London Hackney Carriage trade group and ruled that the London Streetspace Plan and a traffic order closing part of the A10 at Bishopsgate, in the City of London, to most vehicles including taxis were both unlawful and should be quashed.

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Further delay to face to face right to work checks Published Date: 22/06/2021

The Government has announced that it will delay the requirements to undertake face to face right to work check to August.

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Taxi Licensing Appeal: Cartledge v Gedling Borough Council Published Date: 21/06/2021

It is sometimes said that if a taxi (hackney carriage) driver outside London applies to renew his driver’s licence, but the licensing authority fails to determine his application before the licence expires, he must stop working as a taxi driver until the authority makes a decision. A recent taxi-licensing appeal in Nottingham Crown Court suggests that the issue may not always be so clear-cut.  Gerald Gouriet QC explains the position in this authored article.

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Outdoor civil wedding and partnership registrations to be legalised Published Date: 20/06/2021

Outdoor civil wedding and partnership ceremonies in England and Wales are set to be legalised for the first time – offering greater choice to couples in a boost to the wedding sector.

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Northern Ireland delay relaxations until 5 July Published Date: 18/06/2021

In its statement, the Northern Ireland Executive cited concerns about the increase and speed of the Delta variant, and confirmed a new indicative date of 5 July for further relaxations (to be reviewed on 1 July). It was previously hoped that the relaxation of rules which include resumption of live music along with removing the cap on outdoor gatherings and other measures, would have come into force on 21 June.

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Rule changes on hold in Wales for 4 weeks as delta spreads Published Date: 18/06/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce a 4-week pause to the coronavirus rules today (June 18) to help boost protection against the new delta variant.

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MPs vote for a four-week delay to England's lockdown easing Published Date: 17/06/2021

MPs backed the government's delay by 461 to 60 to England's national Covid restrictions delay to 19 July 2021.

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New Nexstart advice notes issued Published Date: 17/06/2021

NEXSTART has issued two new advice notes dealing with issues associated with the use of outdoor areas.

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Hospitality, Tourism, Wedding and Event Sectors Join Forces to Threaten Legal Action Over Roadmap Delays Published Date: 17/06/2021

Over 45 hospitality, tourism, weddings and events companies have jointly written to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson today to threaten legal action should the July reopening date face further delay.

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Manchester Arena Enquiry Report - Volume 1: Security for the Arena Published Date: 17/06/2021

The Hon Sir John Saunders, Chairman of the Manchester Arena Inquiry has published Volume One of his report into the death of the 22 victims of the suicide bomb attack on 22nd May 2017. The report, Volume 1: Security for the Arena is the first of three and examines the security arrangements in place at the Manchester Arena.

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Marc Abraham awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours Published Date: 16/06/2021

Marc Abraham (aka Marc the Vet) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to animal welfare. Marc is a tireless campaigner for animal welfare and led the Lucy's Law campaign. He is currently leading a campaign to raise the minimum age for puppies imported into the UK. Marc joins other key IoL contacts including Kate Nicholls OBE and Andy Mahoney MBE who were awarded in the 2021 New Year Honours List.

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Jeremy Allen Award 2021 - Nominations now open Published Date: 16/06/2021

We are delighted to announce that the Jeremy Allen Award, now in its 10th year, in partnership with Poppleston Allen Solicitors, is now open for nominations.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 15/06/2021

The Regulations extending the current restrictions in England have been published following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 14 June.

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Updated "Coronavirus restrictions what you can and cannot do" guidance Published Date: 15/06/2021

The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3. However, some restrictions will change on 21 June including weddings and commemorative events.

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Restaurants and pubs ‘face collapse’ during extended England lockdown Published Date: 15/06/2021

The Guardian reports that business groups call for government to support hospitality industry including nightclubs and bars.

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UKHospitality reacts to confirmation of delay to England lockdown easing Published Date: 14/06/2021

UKHospitality is calling  for  urgent further support for suffering hospitality businesses following the announcement that Covid restrictions will remain for another four weeks.

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The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 09/06/2021

These Regulations amend section 11 of the Business and Planning Act 2020 to extend the application of the modifications to the end of 30 September 2022 and also amends section 107 of the 2003 Act to increase, for the years 2022 and 2023, the number of TENs which may be given in relation to the same premises in the calendar year.

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The Business and Planning Act 2020 (Pavement Licences) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 09/06/2021

Prior to these Regulations, the date specified in each of those subsections is 30th September 2021. Regulation 4 extends the dates specified in sections 4(1)(b), (2)(b) and (4) by twelve months, to 30th September 2022.

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Nearly one in five pubs fear they will fold before early August Published Date: 09/06/2021

Data published by the Office for National Statistics indicate a fifth of pubs and bars fear they won’t survive until early August despite an upturn in optimism since restrictions on hospitality were eased.

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Updated Government Guidance Published Date: 09/06/2021

Updated Government guidance including guidance for people living in areas with variants of concern.

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Northern Ireland taxi firms unable to meet demand Published Date: 09/06/2021

Taxi firms have said a shortage of new drivers, combined with people leaving the industry, has left them unable to meet demand.

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Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill Published Date: 08/06/2021

Government launches second Animal Welfare Bill to protect pets, livestock and wild animals

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‘Lost summer’ for music festivals Published Date: 08/06/2021

A report into the future of UK music festivals by the DCMS Select Committee finds the sector faces another ‘lost summer' directly as a result of the Government's refusal to back insurance for events at risk of cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Major change to NI gambling laws Published Date: 08/06/2021

Gambling operators in Northern Ireland will face a statutory levy and mandatory code of practice under the first phase of reforms to gambling laws.

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Gambling Operating Licences Appeal dismissed Published Date: 08/06/2021

In a wide-ranging decision, the First Tier Tribunal has brought clarity to several aspects of regulatory practice associated with gambling operating licences. Philip Kolvin QC explains the case in Stakers Limited v The Gambling Commission .

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New National Pubwatch Film – Supporting Vulnerable People Published Date: 08/06/2021

National Pubwatch has announced the release of their latest free training film, which is related to supporting vulnerable people.

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Wales: First Minister confirms phased move to alert level Published Date: 04/06/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced that up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and large outdoor activities will be able to take place from Monday 7th June, as Wales moves into alert level one.

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Quarter of restaurants, pubs and bars remain closed Published Date: 03/06/2021

Almost a quarter of restaurants, pubs and bars have yet to reopen during the pandemic with 8,500 closing their doors for good, a report has found.

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Oxfordshire planning outdoor smoking ban Published Date: 02/06/2021

Oxfordshire County Council has proposed limitations to smoking in outdoor areas, including the creation of outdoor ‘smoke free’ zones in pub and restaurant gardens.

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County Lines drug gang jailed Published Date: 01/06/2021

County Lines drug gang jailed for 40 years after their taxi driver’s camera records all their conversations.

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Guidance for local authorities on remote meetings following High Court judgment Published Date: 01/06/2021

LLG, ADSO and Bevan Brittan issue guidance for local authorities on remote meetings following High Court judgment.

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Lockdown easing paused in Scotland Published Date: 01/06/2021

The easing of lockdown restrictions has been paused for millions of people in Scotland - but rules are to be relaxed in Glasgow from Saturday.

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House of Lords COVID-19 Committee launches inquiry on the impact of the pandemic on towns and cities. Published Date: 27/05/2021

The Committee was appointed in June 2020 to consider the long-term implications of the pandemic on the economic and societal wellbeing of the UK.  The inquiry into the impact of the pandemic on towns and cities opened on 24 May, and the Committee will hear oral evidence in June and July.  The closing date for written submissions is 30 June.

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CIEH - 2020/21 Noise Survey Published Date: 26/05/2021

CIEH have launched their 2020/21 Noise Survey which aims to ensure that the health impacts of noise are considered in national policy decisions.  The survey is live now and will close on Tuesday 31 August 2021.

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Scotland impose movement restrictions on certain English areas Published Date: 25/05/2021

The Scottish Government has imposed travel and entry restrictions on a number of local authority areas in England.

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Government guidance impose local restrictions Published Date: 25/05/2021

New guidance issued by the Government has imposed additional local restrictions of a number of English regions.

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Six pubs close per week during coronavirus pandemic Published Date: 25/05/2021

According to the real estate adviser’s research, 384 pubs – on average six per week – have ‘vanished’ during the Covid-19 pandemic so far, having either been demolished or converted for different use, according to new figures from Altus Group.

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PM said England on track to lift all Covid restrictions by June 21 Published Date: 25/05/2021

Boris Johnson has said there is now a “very good chance” of ending coronavirus restrictions completely on June 21 in his most optimistic assessment yet.

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Uber seek High Court endorsement of its approach Published Date: 24/05/2021

ULL has issued proceedings in the High Court seeking a declaration as to whether the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 (the 1998 Act) requires an operator accepting a booking from a passenger to enter into a contract with that passenger to provide the journey.

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Two people charged for private hire vehicle fraud by Council thanks to public reports Published Date: 21/05/2021

Cotswold District Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals for operating a vehicle without a private hire licence and not fulfilling private hire operator requirements thanks to reports from a member of the public.

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LINK 10 - now available online Published Date: 21/05/2021

An important message from our Chairman within the foreword, where he reiterates the need to work together and the simple fact that ‘The gains made from true partnership could be the difference between success and failure for your high streets and public spaces.’

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Big events without masks are no riskier than shopping Published Date: 20/05/2021

Events without masks and social distancing are as safe as going to a shopping centre or eating in a restaurant, early reports appear to suggest. Matches at Wembley, a nightclub in Liverpool and the World Snooker Championships in Sheffield were among the test events.

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Gambling Commission publish updated GLA Published Date: 20/05/2021

The Gambling Commission has published a revised version of the Guidance to licensing authorities including track changes.

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A tenth of Britain's restaurants lost during pandemic Published Date: 17/05/2021

Across Britain, there are 9.7% fewer restaurants to choose from, compared with before the pandemic.

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Tax Conditionality update from HMRC Published Date: 17/05/2021

This is the first in a series of regular updates by HMRC to help licensing bodies prepare for tax conditionality, a new policy that will introduce a tax check into the licencing process for some licence applications in England and Wales from April 2022.

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Local lockdowns not ruled out - Published Date: 17/05/2021

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has not ruled out imposing local lockdown restrictions in places worst affected by the Indian variant of coronavirus.

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Scotland impose higher local restrictions for certain areas Published Date: 17/05/2021

Most of mainland Scotland has moved to Level 2 but Moray and Glasgow City local council areas will stay at Level 3 for a further period due to the number of COVID-19 cases.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Other Provisions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 16/05/2021

They amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (“Steps Regulations”), to move all places in England (including the territorial sea and airspace above England) from the Step 2 area to the Step 3 area, so that the restrictions set out in Schedule 3 to the Steps Regulations apply throughout England with effect from 17th May 2021.

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Street traders lose legal challenge over “innovative product” street trading policy Published Date: 16/05/2021

A High Court judge has dismissed a legal challenge brought by street traders over Birmingham council's implementation of a regulatory framework that requires stall owners to sell products not readily available on the high street.

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Wales will move into alert level 2 on 17 May Published Date: 14/05/2021

Wales will move into alert level 2 on Monday, the First Minister confirmed as coronavirus levels remain low and vaccination rates remain the best in the UK.

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"Significant" easing of restrictions across most of Scotland Published Date: 14/05/2021

People will be able to hug and meet in private homes as most of mainland Scotland moves to Level 2, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport.

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Government postpone face-to-face right to work checks Published Date: 13/05/2021

The temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks will now end on 20 June 2021, and from 21 June 2021 checks will revert to face to face and physical document checks as set out in legislation and guidance.

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Company given substantial fine for unlawful mobile home Published Date: 13/05/2021

Following a successful prosecution by Vale of White Horse District Council, Wyldecrest Parks (Management) Limited, based in Harrow, Middlesex, have been fined £100,000 and ordered to pay more than £11,000 costs after being found guilty of breaching two planning enforcement notices.

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Government launch action plan for animal welfare Published Date: 12/05/2021

The Government's action plan for animal welfare sets out its plans, aims and ambitions across animal welfare.

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Councillors call for online meetings to continue post-pandemic Published Date: 12/05/2021

National Association of Local Councils, said the decision by government had left local authorities in an "impossible situation", having to "navigate through changing guidance and rules" to make meetings safe, while continuing with business.

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IoL join CIEH to demand regulation for cosmetic treatments Published Date: 11/05/2021

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) have joined forces with public health organisations to send a joint letter to Nadine Dorries MP, the Minister responsible for cosmetic treatments regulation.

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Rescued cats and dogs will not return to irresponsible owners Published Date: 10/05/2021

Hillingdon Council has permanently protected the welfare of 23 dogs and 23 cats that were rescued from an unlicensed animal business in West Drayton which has also recently been prosecuted.

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PM confirms reopening of indoor hospitality from 17 May Published Date: 10/05/2021

The Prime Minister has today (10 May) confirmed that the next phase in England's roadmap out of lockdown will be implemented as planned on 17 May including the reopening of indoor hospitality.

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Scottish Government faces legal action over Covid restrictions Published Date: 09/05/2021

The Night Time industries Association (NTIA) has announced plans to take legal action against the Scottish Government over coronavirus restrictions.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Functions of Local Authorities etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended Published Date: 06/05/2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Functions of Local Authorities etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2020, as amended have been published with amendments which came into force on 3 May shown as tracked changes.

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A letter from our Chairman Published Date: 05/05/2021

IoL Chairman Daniel Davies has written to members as regulators and businesses across the UK prepare for the next stages of the long-awaited emergence from lockdown.

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Indoor hospitality legal challenge fails Published Date: 04/05/2021

A legal challenge seeking an earlier reopening date for indoor hospitality has failed in the High Court.

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Pleasant Lands – a Report Promising a Solution to ‘Draconian, Pointless’ Hemp Legislation Published Date: 03/05/2021

A new report, Pleasant Lands, coordinated by third sector drug policy reform organisation Volteface has today been released, promising a solution to ‘draconian, pointless’ hemp legislation.

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Remote meetings High Court judgment - letter to council leaders Published Date: 03/05/2021

Letter from the Minister for Local Government to councils in England on the High Court’s judgment regarding remote meetings.

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Three seriously injured in Edinburgh rickshaw crash Published Date: 03/05/2021

BBC reported that a man has been charged after three people were seriously injured in a rickshaw taxi crash.

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Cost of implementing new DfT statutory guidance Published Date: 03/05/2021

The Government has revealed the cost to the licensed trade of implementing the new statutory guidance.

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Court to hear JR over grant of operator’s licence for FREENOW ride-hailing app Published Date: 03/05/2021

A High Court judge has given the United Trade Action Group (UTAG), a body representing the interests of the hackney carriage trade, permission to judicially review the decision of TfL to grant a Private Hire Operator’s Licence to a business whose private hire drivers work off a smartphone ride-hailing app called FREENOW.

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Euro Guide 2021 published Published Date: 30/04/2021

A guide has been provided for licensees planning to show Euro 2020 games in their pubs this summer. This guide has been produced by the BBPA in partnership with UKHospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII), the Local Government Association and the National Police Chiefs’ Council with the aim to encourage police, licensing authorities and the licensed trade to work together to ensure a safe andsuccessful tournament. It is also supported by the Institute of Licensing (IoL), National PubWatch, and the National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers (NALEO).

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DfT sets date for taxi guidance implementation Published Date: 29/04/2021

The Department for Transport has written to licensing authorities setting a definitive deadline for implementation of the statutory guidance.

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Minister letter following remote hearing judgment Published Date: 29/04/2021

Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government Luke Hall MP, has written to local authorities following the the judgment from High Court that the Local Government Act 1972 does not allow local authorities to hold meetings virtually.

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Can remote licensing hearings continue? Published Date: 29/04/2021

Philip Kolvin QC asks whether the High Court's decision that remote local authority meetings cannot continue without new legislation applies to licensing committee hearings.

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Lockdown fines should be reviewed, say MPs Published Date: 28/04/2021

All fixed penalty notices for coronavirus lockdown breaches should be reviewed, according to the Joint Committee on Human Rights.

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We’re on track to lift all Covid restrictions by June 21 - PM Published Date: 28/04/2021

The Prime Minister said there is now a “very good chance” of ending coronavirus restrictions completely on June 21.

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UK arts figures call for Covid certificates to revive industry Published Date: 28/04/2021

Arts world luminaries including actors, directors and festival organisers have written to the government calling for the introduction of Covid-status certificates.

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High Court dismisses virtual meeting application Published Date: 28/04/2021

The application to the High Court made by ADSO, LLG and Hertfordshire County Council in relation to virtual meeting provision for local authorities has today been dismissed.

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BRIT Awards to go ahead with live audience Published Date: 23/04/2021

The 2021 BRIT Awards ceremony will go ahead with a live audience as the latest addition to the government’s Events Research Programme

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Coronavirus updated guidance for local government Published Date: 23/04/2021

Updated guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Government announce end of remote right to work checks Published Date: 23/04/2021

The Government has announced an end to temporary adjustments that allowed for remote identity checks that was introduced because of coronavirus.

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DfT offer facemasks to Local Transport Authorities and transport operators Published Date: 23/04/2021

The Department for Transport has written to local authorities offering facemasks to Local Transport Authorities and transport operators.

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Wales prepares for indoor hospitality reopening from 17 May Published Date: 23/04/2021

First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed in his written statement that Wales is on track for indoor hospitality reopening from Monday 17 May in line with England.

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Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead to reopen and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales Published Date: 20/04/2021

Six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday 24 April while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday 26 April as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed today.

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Scotland: Moving to Level 3 Published Date: 20/04/2021

From Monday 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries.

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Robert Jenrick MP letter to councils to reopening outdoor hospitality safely Published Date: 18/04/2021

Robert Jenrick MP has written to local authorities saying cutting red tape is a lifeline for businesses as they look to bounce back from a uniquely challenging year.

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COVID-19 enforcement powers for local authorities guidance updated Published Date: 18/04/2021

COVID-19 enforcement powers for local authorities to enforce COVID-secure regulations has been updated.

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Festival Republic joins Government pilot programme with a live gig to trial the safe return of fans Published Date: 18/04/2021

On Sunday 2 May, Festival Republic will host an outdoor gig at Sefton Park, Liverpool, as the latest event to join the government’s Events Research Programme to get large audiences back to live events safely this summer.

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Pubs and cafes to open outdoors from 30 April in NI Published Date: 16/04/2021

Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a package of relaxations to the current Coronavirus Health Regulations.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 20) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 16/04/2021

These regulations implement "accelerated easing of restrictions" in Scotland from Friday 16 April 2021.

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£50,000 in financial penalties for unlicensed dog and cat breeders Published Date: 16/04/2021

Following a prosecution of unlicensed dog and cat breeders brought by the London Borough of Hillingdon, on 6 April 2021, at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, District Judge Deborah Wright sentenced a husband and wife team to almost £50,000 in financial penalties for breeding and selling dogs and cats without the necessary licence required under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and regulations.

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Events Research Programme Guidance published Published Date: 16/04/2021

The government have published 'Guidance about the Events Research Programme (ERP), paving the way for larger audiences to attend sport, theatre and gigs safely this summer', providing information for attendees and those hosting the ERP Pilot Events.

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Five casinos fined for social responsibility failings Published Date: 15/04/2021

The Gambling Commission has fined five casinos after uncovering social responsibility and anti-money laundering failings at each venue.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England guidance updated Published Date: 15/04/2021

This guidance sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during coronavirus restrictions.

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Reopening businesses and venues in England guidance updated Published Date: 15/04/2021

This guidance details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.

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Common standards for taxi and private hire licensing around Gloucestershire Published Date: 15/04/2021

A joint consultation between licensing authorities across Gloucestershire has been launched to decide on common licensing standards for taxi and private hire services.

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Accelerated easing of restrictions in Scotland Published Date: 13/04/2021

From Friday 16 April, travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will be allowed, and six people from six households can meet outdoors

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps and Local Authority Enforcement Powers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 11/04/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 (“Steps Regulations”), to move England from the Step 1 area to the Step 2 area, so that the restrictions set out in Schedule 2 to the Steps Regulations apply in England with effect from 12th April 2021.

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MHCLG to support virtual meetings legal action Published Date: 11/04/2021

Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has said he will support the High Court claim being brought over the ability of councils in England to hold remote meetings.

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TfL given permission for appeal in Streetspace ruling Published Date: 11/04/2021

Transport for London has been granted permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that its traffic reduction policies were unlawful.

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Wiltshire pub's new chalet 'breaks Covid rules' Published Date: 11/04/2021

A pub landlord says he has spent £50,000 on a chalet for outside dining but was told a week before opening it contravenes Covid-19 rules.

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COVID-19 restriction relaxations in Wales brought forward Published Date: 09/04/2021

People will be able to form an extended household, visit the gym or take part in organised outdoor activities a week earlier than planned, as the public health situation - and vaccination rates - continue to improve.

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High Court Hears Challenge to Birmingham Street Trading Policy Published Date: 09/04/2021

Over the course of the last two days (7-8 April 2021), the High Court has heard argument in a case that involves a challenge to the newly adopted Birmingham Street Trading Policy.

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Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services guidance updated Published Date: 09/04/2021

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for people who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways was updated on 8 April 2021.

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Organised events guidance for local authorities guidance Published Date: 06/04/2021

New Government guidance aimed at local authorities in England and is designed to assist local authorities in ensuring that events are able to go ahead safely and in accordance with what is permitted at each step of the Roadmap.

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Welsh Government issues taxi and private hire vehicle guidance ahead of development of new legislation Published Date: 06/04/2021

The guidance says the Welsh Government are developing new legislation and will be engaging with key stakeholders over the next 12 months to ensure this meets the needs of the sector. However it said this new legislation would take some time to develop properly.

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Status certification "likely to bring significant implications" for licensing - LGA Published Date: 06/04/2021

The Local Government Association said COVID-19 status certification is likely to bring significant implications for councils, particularly with regards to licensing.

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Government announces pilot events to pave way for larger audiences at sport, theatre and gigs this summer Published Date: 05/04/2021

The EFL Cup Final and an FA Cup Semi-Final are set to be among a range of pilot events hosting audiences as part of the government’s plan to get big crowds back this summer.

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PM confirm further easing of Covid restrictions confirmed for 12 April Published Date: 05/04/2021

The Prime Minister confirmed the roadmap is on track and planned easements on 12 April can go ahead including outdoor pubs, shops, gyms and hairdressers.

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Covid passport trials to begin this month Published Date: 05/04/2021

The government is to trial a series of measures in England, including Covid passports, to allow the safe return of sports matches, events and nightclubs.

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Age verification technology to be trialled in shops, bars and restaurants Published Date: 05/04/2021

Both on and off licenced retailers, bars and restaurants have been invited to put forward proposals to trial new technology when carrying out age verification checks.

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Moving Wales into Alert Level 3: First Minister sets out plans to further relax COVID restrictions Published Date: 01/04/2021

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has set out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

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Pubs and restaurants in Wales reopen outdoors from 26 April Published Date: 01/04/2021

Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford has set out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May, subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

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Institute of Licensing response to Gambling the call for evidence Published Date: 01/04/2021

The Institute of Licensing is publising its response to the call for evidence by the DCMS re the Review of the Gambling Act 2005.

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Fresh wave of grant funding launched Published Date: 01/04/2021

New Restart Grants scheme launched by the Government providing funding of up to £18,000 to eligible businesses. In a joint letter from Small Business Minister Paul Scully and Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston, the Government thanked councils for supporting businesses but highlights urgency of ongoing support calling on all 314 local authorities across England to deliver new COVID grants to businesses in good time and take a flexible approach to updated restrictions.

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'Sobriety ankle tags' rolled out across England Published Date: 31/03/2021

"Sobriety tags" scheme, to fit electronic tags on offenders to see if they are breaching court-ordered drinking bans, is being rolled out across England.

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Updates to Government Guidance Published Date: 30/03/2021

The Government has updated guidance to reflect the progress of England’s roadmap out of lockdown.

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Kit Malthouse MP response to National Licensing Forum Members Published Date: 27/03/2021

The letter from the Minister addresses the use of minor variations to remove or amend premises licence conditions, and also considers the use of 'shadow licences'.

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New guidance on safe use of council offices Published Date: 26/03/2021

Updated guidance has been published following confirmation that emergency legislation regarding virtual council meetings will not be extended.

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Wales starts relaxations for tourism sector Published Date: 26/03/2021

Wales’ tourism sector will be able to start re-opening from Saturday March 27 as the stay-local rule is lifted, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Pubs could require vaccine passports Published Date: 25/03/2021

The Prime Minister told MPs people visiting pubs could be asked to provide a vaccine certificate but it "may be up to individual publicans".

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Inevitable’ third COVID-19 wave will not change plan Published Date: 25/03/2021

Boris Johnson and Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty have both warned that Britain will suffer another surge of COVID-19 as restrictions are eased but said it will not change the plan out of lockdown.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England – guidance updated Published Date: 25/03/2021

The Government’s “Closing certain businesses and venues in England” that sets out restrictions on certain businesses and venues in England during National Lockdown has been updated.

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Hidden economy conditionality - Northern Ireland and Scotland Published Date: 24/03/2021

HMRC are consulting on proposals to make the renewal of certain licences in Scotland and Northern Ireland conditional on applicants completing checks that confirm they are appropriately registered for tax from April 2023.

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Welsh Government: Taxi and private hire vehicles: licensing guidance Published Date: 24/03/2021

Welsh Government has published ‘Taxi and private hire vehicles: licensing guidance’ aimed at licensing authorities, which includes short term recommendations intended to help manage the sector while new licensing legislation is developed.

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The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 Published Date: 23/03/2021

This Bill was debated at second reading on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 March 2021 and has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the Bill line by line and is expected to report to the House by Thursday 24 June 2021.

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Ministry of Justice to consult on judicial review reforms Published Date: 22/03/2021

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation on giving the courts the power to suspend quashing orders, removing so-called ‘Cart judgments’, and introducing a series of changes to civil procedure rules, following recommendations by the Independent Review of Administrative Law.

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ADSO and LLG issue claim in High Court in bid to extend local authority remote meetings Published Date: 22/03/2021

Further to our previous reports on the issue, it has now been confirmed that the ADSO (the Association of Democratic Services Officers) and LLG (Lawyers in Local Government), along with Hertfordshire County Council, have now issued a claim in High Court to allow for the continuation of local authority remote meetings beyond the 6th May 2021.

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Roadmap legal action over different reopening times Published Date: 22/03/2021

The founder of Punch Taverns and the Greater Manchester Night-Time Economy Adviser commence legal action over different reopening times for non-essential retail and indoor hospitality.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 22/03/2021

The Statutory Regulations underpinning England’s roadmap out of the current lockdown has been published in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021, coming in force on the 29th March 2021.

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COVID Guidance updates Published Date: 22/03/2021

The Guidance documents ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ and ‘Reopening businesses and venues in England’ have been updated.

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New raft of measures to prepare high streets and seaside resorts for summer Published Date: 22/03/2021

Pubs and restaurants will be able to use their land flexibly, including erecting marquees in pub gardens throughout the summer, as part of the measures announced by Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick on 20 March 2021.

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Shortage of bouncers could stop clubs reopening Published Date: 21/03/2021

The UK Door Security Association (UKDSA) said a shortage of door staff will cause delays to clubs opening later this year.

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Magistrate throws out teenager's £10,000 Covid fine for holding a rule-breaking party Published Date: 21/03/2021

Isaac Parsons, 19, was accused of holding a get-together at his Wiltshire home last year, which police said had between 80 and 100 people in attendance.

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Exploitation and Abuse linked to Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles Published Date: 21/03/2021

The Children's Society are working with the Home Office and the Department for Transport to identify exploitation and abuse concerns linked to Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles.

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Wisbech mayor removed as DPS from licence Published Date: 21/03/2021

Wisbech mayor has been removed as DPS and the premises licence suspended for three months for not adhereing to social distancing rules.

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Call for trials of age-verification technology in alcohol sales Published Date: 21/03/2021

The Home Office and the Office for Product Safety and Standards have issued a call for proposals from technology providers to run trials of innovative age-assurance solutions regarding the retail sale of alcohol.

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​ Government announces allocation of £100 million to support recovery of leisure centres Published Date: 20/03/2021

£100 million has now been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms

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Restart Grants: Guidance to local authorities published Published Date: 19/03/2021

Guidance has been published by BEIS to support local authorities in administering the Restart Gran announced as part of the Budget on 3 March 2021.

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Home Office Regulatory Sandbox Published Date: 17/03/2021

The Home Office and Office for Product Safety and Standards have issued a call for proposals from technology providers to run trials of age assurance solutions for the retail sale of alcohol.  In order to provide additional guidance and support with preparing the proposed trials, the OPSS Expert Panel on Age Restrictions has established some free webinars to support the success of the Sandbox.

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New safety measures after Sarah Everard death Published Date: 16/03/2021

The Government are taking "immediate steps" aimed at improving safety for women and girls in England and Wales including plans for undercover police to be sent to clubs, bars and popular nightspots to relay intelligence about predatory or suspicious offenders to uniformed officers.

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Updated Covid secure guidance for visitor economy Published Date: 16/03/2021

Updated Government guidance has been published for the visitor economy (15 March 2021).

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Scotland: Timetable for further lockdown easing Published Date: 16/03/2021

Stay Local rule to apply from 2 April, with hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential clickand collect services allowed to open from 5 April.

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Northern Ireland Executive agrees early relaxations to Covid-19 regulations Published Date: 16/03/2021

While the majority of the current restrictions will remain in place until after Easter, the Executive agreed to gradual changes which will come into effect before the next formal review date on or before April 15.

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Wales takes first steps out of lockdown Published Date: 15/03/2021

The stay-at-home restrictions will be replaced by a new interim stay local rule in Wales from tomorrow (Saturday 13 March) as part of a package of measures, beginning the process of unlocking the strict coronavirus regulations, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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Hospitality bosses threaten government with court Published Date: 15/03/2021

BBC reports that two of the biggest names in hospitality have threatened to take the government to court over its plans to release England from lockdown.

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Reclaim These Streets - implications of the judgement handed down yesterday by Mr Justice Holgate Published Date: 15/03/2021

Reclaim These Streets have published their lawyers' advice on the implications of the judgement handed down yesterday by Mr Justice Holgate.

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Bristol’s Names Night-Time Economy Advisor Published Date: 15/03/2021

Carly Heath has been named as Bristol’s new Night-Time Economy Advisor, to lead the city’s entertainment and hospitality sector’s recovery from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Update on Cumulative Impact Policies Published Date: 15/03/2021

Oxford City Council has made the decision to remove its existing policy whilst Cambridge City Council has made changes to its Cumulative Impact Policy which extend impact areas across the city.

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Taxi, PHV and scrap metal tax checks from 2022 Published Date: 11/03/2021

This week the Government has announced mandatory taxi check for certain licence types from April 2022.

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Wisbech police lay out claims against mayor Published Date: 10/03/2021

Police accuse Wisbech mayor and pub landlord of 'insulting disregard' to licensing objectives.

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Three unlicensed traders prosecuted in Milton Keynes under the Licensing Act 2003 Published Date: 10/03/2021

Three unlicensed traders in Milton Keynes have been ordered to pay almost £5,000 in fines following a successful investigation by Licensing Officers at MK Council.

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Updated gov.uk Covid guidance Published Date: 10/03/2021

An overview of the latest guidance and updates on gov.uk.

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Covid: Police issue 26 fines at illegal poker tournament Published Date: 10/03/2021

The BBC have reported that twenty-six people at an illegal poker party have each been fined £800 for breaching Covid restrictions.

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Scotland: changes to Level 4 restrictions Published Date: 09/03/2021

More people will be able to socialise outdoors following good progress in suppressing Coronavirus (COVID-19), the First Minister has announced.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and Restrictions: All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 08/03/2021

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/791) to make provision in relation to the wearing of face coverings in polling stations. These Regulations also amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1374) to permit outdoor recreation, gatherings related to electoral activities, to introduce a requirement to declare the reason for leaving or being outside the place where a person is living, when that person is travelling outside the United Kingdom, and to make other minor amendments.

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Supporting the reopening of outdoor hospitality - The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP Published Date: 08/03/2021

Robert Jenrick MP has written to all council leaders telling them "to do everything possible to help these businesses reopen safely and prosper again."

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Free rapid tests for all businesses for regular workplace testing Published Date: 06/03/2021

All businesses in England are now able to sign up to the government’s free COVID-19 workplace testing programme.

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Illegal breeders banned from keeping dogs following successful Council prosecution Published Date: 05/03/2021

Three individuals have been banned from keeping dogs and received suspended custodial sentences after a successful prosecution brought by Forest of Dean District Council.

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BACTA Starts Legal Challenge of Government Regarding AGC Reopening Published Date: 05/03/2021

BACTA has instructed global legal firm DWF Law to challenge the thinking behind the delayed reopening of AGCs after all other non-essential retail businesses.

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NI lockdown exit plan Published Date: 03/03/2021

Northern Ireland’s Executive has set out the country’s plan for easing the coronavirus lockdown.

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Cancellation of 20/21 alcohol and late night refreshment licensing collection Published Date: 03/03/2021

The Home Office has confirmed that the next licensing statistical collection has been cancelled.

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Additional funding for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses in Wales Published Date: 03/03/2021

The Welsh Government has announced a further £30 million for hospitality, leisure and tourism businesses affected by ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

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Chancellor Budget 2021: Overview of Licensing and Hospitality Sector Announcements Published Date: 03/03/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled the contents of his Budget in the House of Commons. Setting out the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead, he announced new measures to help business and jobs through the pandemic and to support the UK's long-term economic recovery and a series of tax-raising plans to help rebalance the public finances.

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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safety screens for taxis and PHVs Published Date: 03/03/2021

In response to the continued Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department for Transport has developed ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): safety screens for taxis and PHVs Guidance’ for the safe and appropriate fitting of separating screens between the front and rear of a taxi or private hire vehicle.

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Smoke-free laws in Wales - Changes from 1 March 2021 Published Date: 03/03/2021

On 1 March, the law around where people can smoke in Wales changed. Hospital grounds, school grounds, public playgrounds, and outdoor care settings for children are now be required to be smoke-free. It is an offence to smoke in a smoke-free area and anyone caught breaking the law could face a £100 fine.

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National security legislation becomes law Published Date: 03/03/2021

The Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Act received Royal Assent on Monday 1st March 2021.

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Institute appoints John Garforth as Vice Chair Published Date: 02/03/2021

The Institute of Licensing is pleased to announce the appointment of John Garforth, JP as vice-chair.

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Government sets out new plans to help build trust in use of digital identities Published Date: 01/03/2021

The government has published its draft rules of the road for governing the future use of digital identities.

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Government sets out plans to protect public places from terrorist attacks Published Date: 26/02/2021

The government is consulting on proposals for a new Protect Duty; a legal requirement for public places to ensure preparedness for and protection from terrorist attacks.

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High Court grants permission to challenge Birmingham street trading policy Published Date: 24/02/2021

The High Court has granted permission for an application for a judicial review brought by two street traders against Birmingham City Council’s new street trading policy.

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Scotland unveils 'cautious' route out of lockdown Published Date: 24/02/2021

The reopening of Scotland's economy, including shops, bars, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers, is planned to start from 26 April according to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Administrative Court overturn conviction for refusing to provide name and address in relation to suspected breach of Coronavirus Regulations Published Date: 24/02/2021

The Administrative Court sitting at Cardiff today issued an important judgment on the right to silence, the legal duties of citizens and the scope of the Coronavirus Regulations.

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Al fresco dining set to return across Westminster to help struggling businesses Published Date: 24/02/2021

Westminster City Council’s al fresco scheme will be returning when restaurants, pubs and bars are expected to re-open to outdoor diners on 12 April and will remain throughout the summer months.

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Local taxi driver loses licence after inappropriate contact with woman Published Date: 24/02/2021

A Keynsham taxi driver who made inappropriate contact with women and used “abhorrent” racist language has lost his livelihood after 30 years in the profession.

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Guidance: Reopening businesses and venues in England Published Date: 24/02/2021

This guidance, published 24 February 2021, details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.

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Government's roadmap out of lockdown in England Published Date: 22/02/2021

The Prime Minister has announced the road map out of England's current lock down. The new four-step plan to ease lock down could see all legal limits on social contact lifted by 21 June.

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ENTE APPG Report on Covid 19 Impact on UK Nightlife Published Date: 19/02/2021

The inquiry by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night Time Economy has published its report to be presented to the Government.

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NI lockdown extended until 1 April Published Date: 19/02/2021

Lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland will be extended until 1 April.

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Uber BV and others (Appellants) v Aslam and others Published Date: 19/02/2021

The Supreme Court unanimously dismisses Uber’s appeal concerning the employment status of private hire vehicle drivers who provide their services through the Uber smartphone application.

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Wales: lockdown to continue for further three weeks as pupils return to school Published Date: 19/02/2021

Stay-at-home restrictions will continue in Wales as the youngest pupils begin returning to school from Monday 22 February, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed

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Alcohol sales and consumption in Scotland during the early stages of the COVID-19 - study Published Date: 17/02/2021

A study to provide a better understanding of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated physical distancing measures, on alcohol consumption in Scotland during the first few months of the pandemic.

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Rapid tests could help reopen nightclubs, PM suggests Published Date: 16/02/2021

BBC reports that “Boris Johnson has suggested” quick coronavirus testing could enable nightclubs and theatres to reopen.

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Government looking to change law to make hybrid council meetings permanent Published Date: 16/02/2021

We recently reported that “DSO and LLG to seek court declaration on ability to hold remote meetings” but it has now been reported that the Government is looking to change law to make hybrid council meetings permanent.

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Ministers reject demands to end lockdown by May Published Date: 16/02/2021

Downing Street is reportedly resisting pressure from Conservative MPs to set out a swift timetable to end the lockdown in England.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel) (England) (Amendment) (No. 7) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 15/02/2021

Hotel quarantine regulations coming into force 4am on Monday 15 February 2021.

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Delivering Local Authority Regulatory Services over Winter 2021 – MHCLG Published Date: 12/02/2021

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has written to council chief executives to “coordinate central government’s asks of local authority regulatory services.”

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Taxi licence applicant fined after failing to disclose previous driving convictions Published Date: 11/02/2021

A man from Oxford has been ordered to pay more than £1,800 after being found guilty of failing to disclose a series of previous driving convictions when applying for a taxi driver’s licence.

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Almost a third of prosecutions under Coronavirus legislation dropped Published Date: 11/02/2021

The Independent reports almost a third of prosecutions under Coronavirus legislation have been brought incorrectly, leading to hundreds of cases being dropped, analysis by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) found.

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Pub owner loses licence after multiple breaches of coronavirus rules Published Date: 11/02/2021

A pub that opened when it was supposed to be shut, broke social distancing and other rules has had its premises licence revoked.

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DSO and LLG to seek court declaration on ability to hold remote meetings Published Date: 09/02/2021

We previously reported on a story that local councillors could be disenfranchised unless the Government extends legislation to allow the provision of remote meetings beyond May.In a development, it has now been reported that lawyers and democratic services officers are to seek court declaration on ability to hold remote meetings after 6 May 2021 after obtaining counsel advice.

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Casa Cruz - Summary Decision published Published Date: 09/02/2021

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea have published it's summary decision in relation to Casa Cruz - the restaurant which hosted which hosted a birthday party for Rita Ora during the second national lockdown.

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Preston Gym closed following coronavirus breaches Published Date: 08/02/2021

Sarah Clover explains the background and result on this case, where she represented Preston City Council against the gym owner who claimed that as a “Free man of England” he was only bound by Common Law, and that the Coronavirus Regulations were not the law.     The gym had opened persistently in contravention of Coronavirus Regulations and the lockdown restrictions.

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Suitable qualified officers - Updated Defra Procedural Guidance Published Date: 08/02/2021

Defra have published an update to section 16 of the Local Authority Procedural Guidance in relation to Suitably qualified Inspectors.

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‘Lucy’s Law’ to become law in Scotland Published Date: 07/02/2021

Changes to the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Act will introduce ‘Lucy’s Law in Scotland to end the third party selling of dogs and cats under the age of six months.

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SIA licences – changes to training requirements Published Date: 05/02/2021

The SIA have announced changes to the training requirements for front line SIA licences. These new requirements will start in April and October 2021.

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Liverpool Council to remove its Cumulative Impact Policy Areas Published Date: 05/02/2021

Liverpool City Council has made the decision to remove their existing Cumulative Impact Policy as part of their recent Licensing Policy Review.

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Licence suspension for London venue paid to break lockdown Published Date: 05/02/2021

London venue paid to break lockdown rules for celebrity birthday party has licence suspended for 6 weeks.

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LINK Edition 9 published Published Date: 05/02/2021

Edition 9 of the IoL's LINK magazine has been published and is available online.

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Peabody Trust -v- Offomah Published Date: 02/02/2021

This case is thought to be the first prison term for Covid breaches - albeit through the civil not criminal courts. This case concerns sentencing in County Court for breach of a civil injunction imposed on a residential tenant for repeated breaches of Covid rules on illegal gathering rules in his home.

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Proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees Published Date: 02/02/2021

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has launched a consultation on the funding of the Gambling Commission. The consultation, which is based on recommendations from the Gambling Commission to Government, seeks views on proposals for changes to Gambling Commission fees. It proposes an uplift to enable the Commission to continue to recover its costs and respond to new challenges.

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Popular TOWIE hangout in east London stripped of its licence for flouting licensing conditions Published Date: 02/02/2021

The owner of a restaurant, popular with celebrity TV stars and Premier League footballers, has been stripped of its licence by Redbridge Council for not complying with licensing conditions.

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England might not return to regional restrictions Published Date: 02/02/2021

The Prime Minister has indicated that England might not revert back to regional tiers after the current national lockdown is over.

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Alcohol deaths hit record high during Covid Published Date: 02/02/2021

Deaths caused by alcohol hit a new high during the first nine months of 2020 according to the ONS data.

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Covid-19: Fines increase during third national lockdown Published Date: 29/01/2021

The total number of fines issued for breaking coronavirus rules has risen by a third in the latest figures.

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Guide to the availability of live links in magistrates’ Published Date: 29/01/2021

Guidance issued by the Chief Magistrate on use of remote hearings in Magistrates’ Court. First part deals with criminal cases, second part deals with civil matters such as licensing appeals.

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London venue paid to break lockdown rules for celebrity birthday party Published Date: 29/01/2021

London venue Casa Cruz, in Notting Hil, was paid £5,000 to breach lockdown opening restrictions to host a party for Rita Ora.

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Premises Licence revoked following COVID breach Published Date: 28/01/2021

Southampton City Council have revoked a premises licence following breaches to the COVID-19 restrictions on premises opening.  The premises were found to have customers drinking at the bar on 27 November in breach of the then Tier 2 restrictions which applied in Southampton.

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£800 house party fines to be introduced in England Published Date: 22/01/2021

Fines of £800 for anyone attending a house party of more than 15 people will be introduced in England from next week Home Secretary Priti Patel said.

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‘Councillors could be disenfranchised without remote meetings’ – LGC Published Date: 22/01/2021

The Local Government Chronical (LGC) reports that unless the Government extends legislation to allow the provision of remote meetings beyond May, local councillors could be disenfranchised.

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Nearly 6,000 licensed premises lost in Britain’s year of lockdowns Published Date: 22/01/2021

Britain lost around 6,000 licensed premises last year, the latest Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners reveals—nearly triple the number in 2019.

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Prime Minister urged to engage with the hospitality sector following petition seeking Minister for Hospitality Published Date: 22/01/2021

Chair of the Petitions Committee, Catherine McKinnell MP, has written to the Prime Minister urging him to engage with the hospitality sector after raising the issue at the latest session of the Liaison Committee.

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UPDATE: Cabinet Office on Gov.uk forms Published Date: 21/01/2021

The Cabinet Office has provided an important update on the future of GOV.UK Licensing.

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The Office: District Judge rules on Covid-19 Summary Review Published Date: 20/01/2021

The article authored by Gary Grant, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building

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More councils removing Cumulative Impact Zones in Covid response Published Date: 20/01/2021

Poppleston Allen reported that Trafford and Hereford Councils have removed their Cumulative Impact Policy Zones (CIZ) in response to the effect Covid has had on the licensed trade.

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English pubs ‘still waiting for grants’ Published Date: 20/01/2021

The British Beer and Pub Association said nearly three-quarters of pubs eligible for a £1,000 grant to help them survive through Christmas have yet to receive the money from their local council.

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High Court Quashes the Mayor of London's Streetspace Plan and TfL’s Bishopsgate Traffic Management Order Published Date: 20/01/2021

The High Court has today handed down two judgments in R (UTAG & LTDA) v Transport for London & Mayor of London [2021] EWHC 72 (Admin) and R (UTAG & LTDA) v Transport for London & Mayor of London [2021] EWHC 73 (Admin), allowing the two conjoined claims for judicial review brought by two trade bodies representing the 'Black Cab' industry (the United Trade Action Group and the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association) to challenge the Mayor of London's Streetspace Plan and Guidance, and a Traffic Management Order prohibiting the use of motorised vehicles, including Hackney Carriages, on Bishopsgate in the City of London.

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Lockdown Regulations were not ultra vires - Court of Appeal Published Date: 20/01/2021

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgement in the appeal by Dolan and others v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 20/01/2021

These Regulations make minor amendments to, and correct errors in, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020.

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Supermarkets face coronavirus inspections by local authorities Published Date: 19/01/2021

It has been reported that all supermarkets will face inspections in the next two weeks to make sure they are Covid-secure. Ministers have reportedly told councils to check supermarkets have effective safety measures in place.

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Support for Scotland’s taxi and private hire drivers Published Date: 18/01/2021

A new fund to support taxi and private hire drivers affected by the pandemic will launch this week in Scotland.

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Scotland: Coronavirus tourism and hospitality sector guidance Published Date: 15/01/2021

The Scottish Government has published updated Coronavirus guidance to reflect the recent changes to lockdown measures in the country.

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Supreme Court backs policyholders in lockdown insurance dispute Published Date: 15/01/2021

The Supreme Court has today (15 January) ruled that the ‘vast majority’ of business interruption insurance policyholders will have cover for losses incurred due to national Covid-19 measures.

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APPG request for local authority evidence re COVID impact on nightlife Published Date: 15/01/2021

Jeff Smith MP,  Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Night Time Economy has written to local authorities requesting written evidence submissions to assist the APPG’s inquiry.

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Northern Ireland Executive support further financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers Published Date: 14/01/2021

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today received support from the Northern Ireland Executive for her plans to provide a further financial assistance scheme for taxi drivers.

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Strengthening lockdown restrictions in Scotland Published Date: 14/01/2021

Scotland has introduced further measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and limit non-essential contact to be introduced this weekend.

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Night Time Economy APPG issue Call for Evidence on the impact of Covid-19 Published Date: 11/01/2021

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for the Night-Time Economy, formed in December, has, launched an inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on British nightlife and is calling on the industry to submit evidence.

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Review of the Gambling Act 2005 - IoL member survey Published Date: 08/01/2021

The Culture Secretary has launched a wide ranging review of the current gambling legislation to consider online stake and spend limits, advertising and marketing rules and the powers of the Gambling Commission. The IoL is surveying members to inform its response to the Call for Evidence.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 Published Date: 06/01/2021

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were made at 4.30 p.m. on 5th January 2021, laid before Parliament at 5.30 p.m. and came into force today (6th January 2021). The amendments bring all areas of England into Tier 4 and make amendments to the Tier 4 restrictions to achieve a national lockdown.

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Met announces stricter Covid enforcement approach Published Date: 06/01/2021

Although officers will still apply the 4 E’s approach of engaging, explaining, and encouraging – only then enforcing, the Met has issued refreshed instructions to officers to issue fines more quickly to anyone committing obvious, wilful and serious breaches.

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NPCC / College of Policing Brief on the national lockdown regulations and enforcement Published Date: 06/01/2021

The brief covers the latest lockdown (stay at home) amendments. It indicates a firmer approach stating that while officers should continue to engage members of the public and explain changes while offering encouragement to comply if necessary, enforcement can follow without repeated attempts to encourage compliance if the individual or group do not respond appropriately.

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Lockdown III: The Impact on Businesses Published Date: 06/01/2021

Gary Grant analyses the new regulations behind the government's latest national lockdown.

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Message from the Lord Chief Justice: latest COVID-19 restrictions Published Date: 05/01/2021

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon has published a message confirming the importance of a continuation of the courts and tribunals despite the latest lockdown restrictions. The message emphasises that ' Facilitating remote attendance of all or some of those involved in hearings is the default position in all jurisdictions, whether backed by regulations or not.'

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Northern Ireland Executive: Statement on additional restrictions Published Date: 05/01/2021

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a package of additional restrictions given the high levels of Covid-19 transmission in the community.

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£4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs Published Date: 05/01/2021

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a one-off grant worth up to £9,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

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Scotland enter full lockdown from tomorrow Published Date: 04/01/2021

Mainland Scotland is to go into lockdown from midnight tonight (4 January 2021) with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.

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Economic Affairs Committee report on Finance Bill Published Date: 04/01/2021

The Economic Affairs Committee has published its report on Finance Bill including its findings on proposals for tax checks for licence renewal applications.

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England move to Tier 5 national lockdown Published Date: 04/01/2021

From 00:01 on Wednesday, England will move to the highest tier restrictions, tier 5. In lieu of the Regulations expected tomorrow, we look at the guidance published in advance of the national lockdown coming into force. The official guidance published sets out the implications for the hospitality sector and other businesses.

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Prime Minister announces national lockdown Published Date: 04/01/2021

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

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Review of Local Restriction Tiers by Area Published Date: 30/12/2020

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, has announced further changes to local Covid restrictions in England.

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£830 million funding boost for high streets Published Date: 26/12/2020

Funding from the Future High Streets Fund to help 72 areas in England to recover from the pandemic and deliver ambitious regeneration plans.

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New Local Authority Covid Enforcement Powers by Gary Grant Published Date: 23/12/2020

A suite of new additional local authority COVID related enforcement powers came into force on 2 December 2020 on the making of the snappily titled The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020.

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Early review of Tiers in England Published Date: 23/12/2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced new tiers for England, coming into force of Boxing Day. The next formal announcement was not due until later in the month.

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House of Commons Briefing paper - Betting shops: licensing and planning issues Published Date: 21/12/2020

This Library paper looks at licensing and planning issues relating to betting shops in Great Britain, setting out discussions about the restrictions on local authorities ability to refuse applications and the planning controls through ‘use classes’ which were amended in April 2015, placing betting shops in the “sui generis” category, so any change of use to a betting shop requires an application to the local planning authority for planning permission.

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Scotland - £104 million tourism and hospitality lifeline Published Date: 21/12/2020

Tourism and hospitality businesses across Scotland are to benefit from a £104.3 million package of support in the New Year.

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Northern Ireland Executive statement on Christmas arrangements Published Date: 21/12/2020

Northern Ireland has followed England, Scotland and Wales in reviewing and restricting the previously relaxed restrictions over the Christmas period.

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NEXSTART Q&As - the All Tiers Regulations (England) and guidance (17 December) Published Date: 21/12/2020

The All Tiers Regulations (England) and guidance provide the new rules in place from 2 December. This note addresses 2 key concerns that have been identified.

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LGA responds to Tier 4 announcement Published Date: 21/12/2020

The LGA calls for  the Government to meet, in full, all the extra costs councils incur as a result of leading communities through the pandemic and income losses they suffer as a result.

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Two hundred independent cinemas supported through the Culture Recovery Fund this Christmas Published Date: 20/12/2020

Support for independent cinemas this Christmas reaches £16 million, as Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announces grant awards for 201 cinemas across England from Penrith to Penzance

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THE TIER 4 REGULATIONS: IMPACT ON BUSINESSES Published Date: 20/12/2020

Gary Grant, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Licensing has authored this article following the annoucements by the Prime Minister this weekend and the subsequent publication of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (“the Tier 4 Regulations”) this morning.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 20/12/2020

Following the announcement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday 19th December, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers and Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have now been published, bringing in the new Tier 4 restrictions.  The Regulations came into force at 7:00am this morning (20th December).

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 20/12/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 5) (Wales) Regulations 2020 come into force on 21 December 2020 (other than Part 6 which comes into force on 23 December 2020) and expire at the end of the day on 31 March 2021.

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Prime Minister announces Tier 4: 'Stay At Home' Alert Level in response to new COVID variant Published Date: 19/12/2020

The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for parts of England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.

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Scotland: New guidance issued for the festive period Published Date: 19/12/2020

Restrictions in Scotland have been tightened due to spread of new variant of COVID-19.

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Cabinet Office on Gov.uk forms Published Date: 17/12/2020

The Cabinet Office has responded to a request for an official update on plans to retire the gov.uk licensing forms.

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Conditionality & tax registration checks – update Published Date: 17/12/2020

HRMC are now in the development phase of the online tax registration check and they are seeking information from licensing authorities to help with the development of the tool.

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England - COVID-19 Tier changes from 19 December announced Published Date: 17/12/2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced further tier changes in England s to come into effect at 00:01 on Saturday 19 December 2020. The Regulations are due to the laid on Friday 18 December 2020.

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COVID-19 Christmas Guidance updated Published Date: 17/12/2020

The government COVID-19 guidance on the relaxed restrictions for Christmas has been revised to reflect the message that while the relaxed restrictions set the limit on what can be done, everyone should carefully consider their own arrangements with a view to staying as safe as possible.

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Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes Published Date: 17/12/2020

The furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 with the government continuing to contribute 80% towards wages – giving businesses and employees across the UK certainty into the New Year, the Chancellor announced today.

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Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics, England: 2020 Published Date: 17/12/2020

The Department for Transport have published the official statistics on taxi and private hire vehicles (PHV) in England. The statistics include information on taxis and private hire vehicles in England as at 31 March 2020, so do not show the impact of COVID-19 on the industry.

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Higher-level restrictions to come into force in Wales  to control coronavirus Published Date: 16/12/2020

First Minister Mark Drakeford  has confirmed that higher-level restrictions will come into force to control rapidly accelerating coronavirus rates across Wales.

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Monkeys could be banned as pets – Government Published Date: 15/12/2020

According to the BBC, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is also looking at restrictions on breeding primates. Under the plans, those who keep them without a zoo licence would need to obtain a new specialist private primate keeper licence to ensure they are meeting zoo-level welfare standards.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 15/12/2020

On 2 December a revised tiering system was introduced by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 (“the All Tiers Regulations”). The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 have now been published, amending the areas in Tiers 2 and 3.

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Changes to Coronavirus levels in Scotland from 18th December Published Date: 15/12/2020

Three Scottish local authorities are to move up to Level 3 of the COVID-19 protection scale following rises in the prevalence of the virus in the past week.  East Lothian, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will all move this Friday 18 December at 6pm following significant increases in their infection rates. There will be a further review of the protection levels next week (Tuesday, 22 December) in order to allow for any action to be taken in light of further changes in infection data.

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Coronavirus Control Plan - Alert Levels in Wales Published Date: 14/12/2020

The Wales Government has published an update to its Coronavirus Control Plan, which builds on the traffic-light framework of restrictions originally put in place in May.

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Summary reviews following COVID breaches - interim steps appeals dismissed Published Date: 10/12/2020

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court has today, 10 December 2020, dismissed appeals against interim steps taken by Birmingham City Council on summary reviews of two premises licences that arose out of trading in breach of restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector as part of the response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Government Response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee Report: Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry Published Date: 09/12/2020

The Government response to the House of Lords Gambling Industry Committee was presented to Parliament by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Heritage and Tourism by Command of Her Majesty Laid in Parliament on 8 December 2020.

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Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Published Date: 09/12/2020

The Culture Secretary has launched a wide ranging review of the current gambling legislation to consider online stake and spend limits, advertising and marketing rules and the powers of the Gambling Commission.

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NEXSTART Q&As on Coronavirus Tiers Regulations and Compliance Published Date: 09/12/2020

The next NEXSTART advice note and Q&As dealing with current issues such as all things food and treatment of outside enclosures.

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Guidance: Additional COVID-19 local authority enforcement powers Published Date: 06/12/2020

Summary guidance setting out additional powers for local authorities to enforce COVID-secure regulations has been published (4 December).

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) Regulations 2020: Enforcement advice for local authorities Published Date: 04/12/2020

LGA advice note provides guidance on the All Tiers Regulations 2020 and in particular the Tier 2 ‘High Alert’ restrictions.

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Challenge to coronavirus self-isolation restrictions dismissed Published Date: 04/12/2020

In this case, the claimant contends that the Secretary of State had no power to impose the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020 No 1045) (“the Regulations”) which required any person notified of a positive test for coronavirus and close contacts of such persons to “self-isolate”.

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Hospitality’s confidence shattered after year of COVID-19 Published Date: 04/12/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has wrecked confidence across hospitality, with fewer than one in five (18%) leaders now optimistic about the market’s prospects for the next 12 months, the new Business Confidence Survey from CGA and Fourth reveals.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 03/12/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have been published, requiring bars, cafes, canteens, restaurants and pubs to be closed between 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. (with exceptions), prevent alcohol consumption in those premises, and requiring indoor premises of entertainment venues and visitor attractions to close. The Regulations will be laid before Senedd Cymru today (3 December 2020), and will come into force at 6.00 p.m. on 4 December 2020

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 02/12/2020

These Regulations make provision for a local authority to give directions relating to premises, events and public outdoor places in its area. A direction may only be given if the local authority considers that the public health, necessity and proportionality conditions set out in regulation 2 are met.

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New amendments to Obligation of Undertakings Regulations - Consolidated Published Date: 02/12/2020

Consolidated version of the amendments to the Obligation of Undertakings Regulations.

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R v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Secretary of State for Education ex parte Dolan and Others. [2020] EWCA Civ 1605 Published Date: 01/12/2020

Mr Dolan sought judicial review of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations (SI 2020/350) which gave effect to the “lockdown” in March 2020. Today (01.12.20), the Court of Appeal handed down its judgement dismissing Mr Dolan’s appeal and refusing permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. The Court of Appeal held that the Secretary of State did have the power (or “vires”) to make the Regulations, and that his other arguments (including under the ECHR) were academic and were in any event unarguable.

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Government guidance for the Christmas Period Published Date: 30/11/2020

The gov.uk website states that from 2 December, everybody must follow this guidance for the tier in your area.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Local Authority Enforcement Powers and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/11/2020

These Regulations enable local authority designated officers to issue notices to people who are contravening or have contravened various statutory provisions in place to minimise exposure to Coronavirus.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/11/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 has been published. These regulations are due to be voted on by Parliament tomorrow and, if passed, will come into force on 2 December 2020.

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£340m support for Welsh businesses as new coronavirus rules announced Published Date: 30/11/2020

A set of new targeted restrictions in the hospitality and leisure sectors, together with a £340m support package, has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.

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Guidance on the new tiers has now been published Published Date: 30/11/2020

The guidance published today (30 November) sets out what you can and cannot do in each tier.

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DfT Update: Tiering and Christmas Travel Announcement Published Date: 29/11/2020

An announcement from the DfT’s External Affairs team.

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Government publication: Transmission risk in the hospitality sector Published Date: 27/11/2020

Published on gov.uk, this is a brief overview of the types of evidence said to support the view that hospitality venues are a significant risk for transmission.

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At least 50k English sites to be shut or unviable next week Published Date: 27/11/2020

Findings published by CGA and AlixPartners indicate that more than 50,000 of England’s licensed premises will be unable to trade under the government’s tough new tiered restrictions next week.

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New Parliamentary report highlights devastating impact of pandemic on UK’s coastal regions Published Date: 27/11/2020

A new report from the Hospitality and Tourism APPG has highlighted the acute impact of the COVID-19 crisis on businesses in the UK’s coastal and lakeside communities.

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Government announce England’s new Covid Tiers Published Date: 26/11/2020

The Government has published the new Covid Tiers for England to come into effect at 00:01 on 2 December 2020.

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UK-wide Christmas arrangements agreed by the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations Published Date: 24/11/2020

The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have agreed on joint arrangements for an easing of social restrictions that will allow family and friends to reunite over the Christmas period. A joint statement has been published following the announcements.

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COVID-19 Winter Plan Published Date: 23/11/2020

The Government has published its COVID-19 Winter Plan including details of England’s lockdown exit strategy and details of the revised tiers for England from 3 December.

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Covid-19: Strengthened tier system for England and special Christmas measures expected Published Date: 21/11/2020

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a strengthened the three-tiered system from 2 December, while special Christmas restrictions are likely to be harmonised across the UK.

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Draft Finance Bill 2020-21 – IoL Response Published Date: 20/11/2020

The Institute of Licensing has submitted its written response to the Draft Finance Bill 2020-21 inquiry.

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New enforcement powers for local authorities from 2 December Published Date: 20/11/2020

Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick has written to local authorities confirming new enforcement powers for officers from 2 December.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 20/11/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions)(England) (No. 4) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 have been published and come into force on 21 November 2020, allowing shops, stalls, Christmas tree farms and other businesses selling or supplying natural Christmas trees to open.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for taxis and PHVs Published Date: 19/11/2020

The government has issued comprehensive guidance for taxi and PHV sector on actions that drivers, operators and owners of taxis or private hire vehicles (PHVs) can take to protect against coronavirus.

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New DBS filtering rules from 28th November Published Date: 19/11/2020

From 28 November 2020, the filtering rules for Standard and Enhanced DBS checks are changing. These changes are the result of a Supreme Court Judgment which identified that some elements of the existing filtering rules were disproportionate. Legislation has been changed, and from 28 November, DBS certificates will disclose criminal records according to this new legislation.

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Northern Ireland Executive agrees two-week circuit breaker Published Date: 19/11/2020

The Executive has agreed to introduce a two week circuit breaker from November 27 until December 11 to slow the spread of Coronavirus in the community and protect the health service. Businesses are able to open on 20th November, but have been told that although they can still do so, they will have to close again next Friday.

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Alcohol sale ban considered in new tier system Published Date: 18/11/2020

It has been reported that the Government is considering a ban on the sale of alcohol at night as part of a revamped tier system after the current lockdown in England.

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£10k fines for gatherings temporary halted by police Published Date: 18/11/2020

Police forces were told to stop issuing £10k fines for gatherings but updated advice from the NPCC has now seen fines reintroduced.

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Level 4 lockdown to be imposed in 11 Scottish council areas Published Date: 18/11/2020

From 6pm on 20 November, in 11 Scottish council areas will move to Level 4 for 3 weeks it has been announced.

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Businesses in England to receive £2.2 billion to see them through national restrictions Published Date: 13/11/2020

Businesses will benefit from 2 grant schemes: one for businesses that have had to close, and another scheme for further business support as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Northern Ireland reopening - Statement on Executive decisions Published Date: 12/11/2020

Northern Ireland Executive agree gradual relaxation, starting on 20 November with unlicensed premises (cafes and coffee shops) allowed restricted opening times while pubs and bars will be able to make off-sales in sealed containers.

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Local Restrictions Support Grant - Guidance for nightclubs, dance halls or adult entertainment businesses on eligibility Published Date: 12/11/2020

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LSRG (Sector)) supports businesses that have been closed due to the national restrictions.  This guidance, published on 12 November is aimed at nightclubs, dance halls and adult entertainment businesses.

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Boost for restaurants, pubs and cafes as Jenrick extends takeaway services Published Date: 11/11/2020

Restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year.

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Rishi Sunak to extend furlough scheme to end of March Published Date: 09/11/2020

The furlough scheme will be extended across the UK until the end of March, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed.

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End of Welsh “firebreak” from today & next steps Published Date: 09/11/2020

As Wales comes out of its two week “firebreak”, Matthew Phipps, Head of Licensing England and Wales, at TLT LLP, looks at the guidance issued that seeks to offer advice on how licensed premises and hospitality more generally, may successfully and compliantly welcome customers back into your premises.

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Pubs and restaurants to be granted ‘automatic’ permission for takeaway food and alcohol until 2022 Published Date: 09/11/2020

The Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick is reportedly drawing up plans to extend the automatic entitlement for takeaways and off sales for alcohol until March 2022.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 04/11/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 have been published and will come into force on 5th November 2020.

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THE LOCKDOWN 2 REGULATIONS Published Date: 04/11/2020

Following publication of the new national lockdown regulations for England, Gary Grant and Charles Holland provide this authored article setting out explaining the new rules.

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LGA calls for a clear lockdown exit strategy Published Date: 04/11/2020

The LGA says lessons must be learnt from the past seven months, particularly around the importance of tapping into and using local expertise. It is calling on the Government to work jointly with councils to co-develop a clear strategy for after the national restrictions are set to end on December 2, with clear criteria about which restrictions or Tier Alert Levels will apply.

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DfT urge licensing authorities to adopt NR3 Published Date: 03/11/2020

The DfT has written to licensing authorities urging them to sign up to the national taxi refusals register NR3 saying “Authorities that are not sharing relevant and necessary information risk facilitating the few dishonest individuals in the sector that fail to disclose any previous licensing history they might have.”

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Further DfT guidance and advice on taxi & PHV face covering requirements Published Date: 03/11/2020

The DfT has issued further advice and guidance in light of the fact that compliance is not as high in taxis and PHVs as it is across the rest of the network.

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New national Covid measures for Wales: post-firebreak measures have been published Published Date: 02/11/2020

A new and simpler set of national rules will apply once the Wales-wide firebreak lockdown comes to an end at 00:01 on Monday November 9.

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COVID-19 – 2nd National lockdown for England Published Date: 31/10/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from Thursday 5 November 2020, everyone in England must stay at home, with a limited set of exemptions. The lockdown means pubs, bars, restaurants must close, except for takeaway and delivery services., but the buidance is clear that alcohol is excluded from takeaway services.

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Industry reactions to Lockdown 2.0 'nightmare before Christmas' Published Date: 31/10/2020

England's month-long lockdown has been described as a "nightmare before Christmas", with pubs and suppliers to the sector in need of support in addition to furlough.

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G-A-Y curfew legal challenge refused Published Date: 30/10/2020

The High Court has refused permission for G-A-Y’s judicial review proceedings, challenging the Government’s 10pm curfew.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High)(England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/10/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High)(England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 which cover the latest restrictions in Nottinghamshire have been published and come into force today.

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West Yorkshire moves to ‘very high’ alert level Published Date: 30/10/2020

Calderdale, City of Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Monday 2 November.

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Carlisle to move to local COVID alert level ‘high’ Published Date: 30/10/2020

Carlisle will move from local COVID alert level medium to local COVID alert level high from 00.01 Saturday 31 October.

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Nottinghamshire to move to ‘very high’ local COVID alert level Published Date: 29/10/2020

The whole of Nottinghamshire will move from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high' from 00.01 on Friday 30 October.

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Areas to move Local COVID alert level 'high' Published Date: 29/10/2020

Areas within Yorkshire and the Humber, the West Midlands, East Midlands, East (Home counties) and South East will move from local COVID alert level 'medium' to local COVID alert level 'high' from 00.01 Saturday 31 October.

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Scottish Government support for nightclubs and soft play Published Date: 28/10/2020

The Scottish Government has announced one-off grants of up to £50,000 available to businesses in both sectors through the COVID-19 Contingency Fund.

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Greater Manchester threaten legal action over restrictions Published Date: 28/10/2020

Local Government Lawyer reports the Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Sacha Lord, has threatened a judicial review challenge into the legality of implementing emergency restrictions on the area's hospitality sector, "without scientific evidence".

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Working safely during coronavirus – Updated guidance Published Date: 28/10/2020

The Covid secure guidance for businesses has been updated on 23 October for hotels and other guest accommodation.

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“Gambling addict” children treated at first NHS clinic for children Published Date: 28/10/2020

It has been reported that gamers as young as 16 are being treated for online betting addiction at the first NHS child gambling clinic after losing up to £100,000.

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A 5-tier lockdown system for Scotland Published Date: 27/10/2020

The new model is due to be confirmed today and is expected to come into force from 2 November, when temporary curbs on the hospitality trade are due to expire.

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Non conviction refusal – driver’s appeal dismissed Published Date: 27/10/2020

The Crown Court at St Albans has dismissed the second appeal brought by a private hire driver following allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards girls.

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Hockley venue’s licence suspended for breaching Covid rules Published Date: 27/10/2020

A Birmingham bar and restaurant has had its licence suspended following a number of Covid-19 legislation breaches at the venue.

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City nightclub licence suspended for breaching Covid rules Published Date: 27/10/2020

A Birmingham nightclub has had its licence suspended following a number of Covid-19 legislation breaches at the venue.

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Taxi driver fined for driving illegally in North West Leicestershire Published Date: 27/10/2020

An unlicensed private hire driver has been prosecuted by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) for driving illegally for Ashby-de-la-Zouch taxi firm, A1 Taxis.

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Warrington moves to ‘very high’ COVID alert level Published Date: 26/10/2020

Warrington will move from local COVID alert level 'high' to 'very high' from 00.01 on Tuesday 27 October. This means all pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals, any alcohol must only be served alongside such a meal. In addition, closures will include betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres and areas.

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Greater Manchester move to very high alert level Published Date: 23/10/2020

Greater Manchester will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Friday 23 October. The The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Regulations have been published and will take effect across all parts of Greater Manchester.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 22/10/2020

These Regulations subject a number of areas to the restrictions set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 and make corresponding amendments to remove those areas from the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020.

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Glasgow restaurant wins court fight to stay open Published Date: 22/10/2020

A Glasgow restaurateur has said she is “delighted” after being told she can continue to operate after convincing a court that her business has been operating as a cafe since full lockdown ended. Stephen J. McGowan, Partner and Head of Licencing for Scotland for TLT LLP & IoL Scotland Regional Chair acted for Ms Eusebi.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 22/10/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the principal regulations”). Regulation 2 amends the principal regulations to provide that they no longer expire at 6 a.m. on 26 October 2020 and instead expire at 6 a.m. on 2 November 2020.

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Lancashire move to very high alert level Published Date: 22/10/2020

Lancashire has moved from local COVID alert level high to very high on Saturday 17 October.

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Coventry, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent to move to local COVID alert level - high Published Date: 22/10/2020

Coventry, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent will move to local COVID alert level high from Saturday 24 October.  In the meantime, other areas look set to move to 'very high', including Nottingham City and parts of Nottinghamshire, West Yorkshire, North East areas and Tees Valley, as discussions continue.

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Industry action against hospitality restrictions in Scotland Published Date: 22/10/2020

Five of Scotland’s Hospitality Industry bodies have taken the unprecedented step of commencing the legal process against restrictions imposed on the licensed trade by the Scottish Government.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 21/10/2020

Following the announcments of a 'fire-break' for Wales, The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have now been published.

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Greater Manchester consult on proposed Greater Manchester Minimum Licensing Standards (MLS) for taxis and private hire vehicles Published Date: 21/10/2020

Greater Manchester has launched two major public consultations to get a wide range of views on the city-region’s plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads and to introduce minimum standards for all taxis and private hire services licensed in the region.

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Local COVID alert level update for South Yorkshire Published Date: 21/10/2020

South Yorkshire will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Saturday 24 October.

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Local COVID alert level update for Greater Manchester Published Date: 20/10/2020

Greater Manchester will move from local COVID alert level high to very high from 00.01 on Friday 23 October.

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Licence extensions for home dog boarders – LA's discretion Published Date: 19/10/2020

DEFRA has confirmed that the decision to extend home boarder licences is a local decision of licensing authorities.

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Coronavirus ‘firebreak’ to be introduced in Wales Published Date: 19/10/2020

A short, sharp “firebreak” will be introduced across Wales at the end of this week to help regain control of coronavirus, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

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The 3-Tier Covid Regulations: Impact on Licensed Premises Published Date: 19/10/2020

Gary Grant and Charles Holland summarise the new system brought in through the 3-Tier Covid Regulations and focus on its impact on licensed premises.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/10/2020

These regulations amend The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020 to move towards a model of implementing baseline measures for the Local Covid Alert Level Very High areas, but allow flexibility for Local Authorities to request additional business closures based on their understanding of the local area.

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NEXSTART Q&As on Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance Published Date: 17/10/2020

This document has been developed by one of the NEXSTART Working Groups setting out a set of Q&As, together with some further useful links to Guidance, Regulations and the UK Hospitality FAQs focussing on the Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance.

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Met sets out policing approach ahead of new Covid-19 restrictions Published Date: 17/10/2020

As cases of Coronavirus continue to increase across the capital, the Met will be stepping up its response to target those who continue to flout the regulations, which are designed to keep Londoners safe.

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Third Party Sales of Puppies and Kittens in Wales Published Date: 17/10/2020

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs has issued a written statement on third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales. Mr Griffiths confirmed in the written statement that Wales will ban commercial third-party sales of puppies and kittens.

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Met sets out policing approach ahead of new Covid-19 restrictions Published Date: 15/10/2020

As cases of Coronavirus continue to increase across the capital, the Met will be stepping up its response to target those who continue to flout the regulations, which are designed to keep Londoners safe.

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Local COVID-19 alert level update: 15 October 2020 Published Date: 15/10/2020

London, Elmbridge, Essex, Barrow-in-Furness, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will move to up from to local COVID alert level: high from Saturday.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's route map and regulatory review Published Date: 15/10/2020

The Scottish Government have published a reviews of various sets of restrictions that have been introduced at different stages.

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Wales to introduce travel restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus Published Date: 14/10/2020

The Welsh Government is preparing urgent action to prevent people who live in areas with high coronavirus infection rates across the UK from travelling to Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed, amid speculation that a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown will also follow.

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COVID restrictions tighten in Northern Ireland Published Date: 14/10/2020

The Northern Ireland Executive has agreed a range of significant time-bound interventions to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

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Liverpool City Region to move into 'very high' local COVID Alert Level following rise in coronavirus infections Published Date: 12/10/2020

From 14 October, Liverpool City Region will be placed onto the ‘Very High’ Local Covid Alert Level.

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Prime Minister announces new local COVID Alert Levels Published Date: 12/10/2020

The Prime Minister has set out a new three tiered system of local COVID Alert Levels in England, intended to standardise and simplify local rules

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 & Accompanying Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being very high, and on gatherings elsewhere by persons living in the specified areas.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020 & Accompanying Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the local COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being high, and on gatherings elsewhere by persons living in the specified areas.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020 & Accompanying Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

These Regulations impose restrictions on gatherings and businesses in England, other than in the areas specified in Schedule 2, where the local COVID-19 alert level is assessed as being medium.

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Local Restrictions Guidance Published Date: 12/10/2020

New Government guidance for areas subject to local restrictions on what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in the affected areas.

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Private Hire driver convicted for failing to take a guide dog in Milton Keynes Published Date: 08/10/2020

A taxi driver who drove away from a pre-booked customer and their guide dog has been fined more than £1,100 under the Equality Act 2010 following an investigation by Milton Keynes Council.

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Pubs and restaurants in central Scotland to close Published Date: 07/10/2020

All pubs and restaurants across central Scotland are to be closed under new measures aimed at tackling a surge in coronavirus cases. The new rules will be in force from 18:00 on Friday until 25 October.

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TfL refuse Ola’s London operating licence Published Date: 06/10/2020

Transport for London has refused Ola’s operating licence after public safety concerns over ‘unlicensed’ drivers.

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Legal challenge to Government’s 10pm hospitality curfew Published Date: 06/10/2020

A judicial review of the Government’s Covid restrictions on the hospitality sector has been launched.

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Discount awarded to licensed premises Published Date: 06/10/2020

LICENSED premises that were forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions are receiving a discount on their fees from Copeland Council.

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Gambling Commission new rules to stamp out irresponsible ‘VIP customer’ practices Published Date: 06/10/2020

The Gambling Commission has announced strict new guidance for operators in order to clean up the malpractice of so-called VIP schemes – stating that if the guidance is followed there should be no irresponsible incentivisation of high value customers in the future.

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Police and councils to get £60m to help enforce new coronavirus regulations Published Date: 06/10/2020

The Government has now published its COVID-19 local authority compliance and enforcement grant information and guidance on the £30 million grant to local authorities will get for compliance and enforcement activities.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England and North East and North West of England etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 02/10/2020

These Regulations make various changes to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England) Regulations 2020 dealing with coronavirus restrictions in the North, North East and North West of England.

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IoL Chairman on the impact of coronavirus Published Date: 02/10/2020

IoL Chairman talks to the BBC on the impact of the coronavirus on his business ventures and the wider hospitality sector.

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Local lockdown measures for Derry City and Strabane District as infection rates continue to rise Published Date: 01/10/2020

Local restrictions include a ban on indoor gatherings, and hospitality venues restricted to take-away, delivery and outdoor service.

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Further restrictions confirmed in parts of the North East and North West in response to rising infection rates Published Date: 01/10/2020

New measures will be brought into law in the Liverpool City Region, Halton, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough as incidence rates rise.  Meanwhile hospitality in Bolton can resume from midnight on Saturday 3rd October as the area as a result of falling infection rates.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England, North East and North West of England and Obligations of Undertakings (England) etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 30/09/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North of England, North East and North West of England and Obligations of Undertakings (England) etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 were published on the evening of 29th September and come into force at midnight on 30th September 2020.  The Regulations restrict gatherings in protected areas within North East to no more than two persons unless exceptions apply.  Additional areas have been added to the list of ‘protected areas’,

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Festival and outdoor events – LGA advice note Published Date: 30/09/2020

The LGA has produced an advice note that brings together all the guidance available to councils when considering requests to run larger outdoor events. The document sets out the current position for areas not impacted by specific local regulations, and is subject to change depending on the prevalence of the virus.

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 Mandatory decibel limits in hospitality venues Published Date: 29/09/2020

A regulatory amendment published on 28 September 2020, has imposed with immediate effect further obligations the hospitality sector as the government seeks by regulation to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Charles Holland and Peter Rogers have jointly provided this authored article setting out the legislative background to the requirements, reviewing its effectiveness and enforceability and drawing their joint conclusions.

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Uber successful in London Operating Appeal Published Date: 28/09/2020

Uber has successfully appealed against the decision of TfL to refuse its London operating licence.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1008) (“the Undertakings Regulations”) the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/684) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1005). The amendments include expanding the scope of the existing requirements in the Undertakings Regulations. Regulation 2(5) introduces new requirements to take measures to stop singing and dancing, subject to exemptions, and to not play music which exceeds 85db(A).

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New legal duty to self-isolate comes into force today Published Date: 28/09/2020

From today, people in England will be required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.  Support is available to those on low incomes who are unable to work while self-isolating, while the penalties for breaking the rules start at £1,000 increasing to £10,000 for repeat offences.

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Further restrictions for parts of the North East Published Date: 28/09/2020

Measures will be brought into law from Wednesday 30th September, restricting inter-household mixing in indoor settings, including pubs and restaurants, in Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.

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Consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of...Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/09/2020

Gary Grant, IoL Vice Chairman and Barrister at Francis Taylor Building has provided a consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of...Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020, including all amendments as of 28 September 2020.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/09/2020

A consolidated version of the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 (with amendments as of 28 September 2020) is now online.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Self-Isolation) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 27/09/2020

Amongst other things, Regulation 4 amends the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 12) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 25/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (the “principal Regulations”).

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Consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 25/09/2020

Consolidated version of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 prepared by IoL vice-chairman Gary Grant and Barrister at Francis Taylor Building.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 Published Date: 25/09/2020

These Regulations, coming into force on 25th September 2020, amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (“the principal regulations”).

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Restrictions for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds as coronavirus cases increase Published Date: 25/09/2020

New restrictions will be brought in for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds to help curb infection rates as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, while London is added as an area of concern and Teesside as an area of enhanced support.

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Latest Lockdown Regulations: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 have been published Published Date: 24/09/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020 have been published and parts will come into force at 5.00am today (24th September 2020). The Regulations make a number of changes to give effect to the restrictions announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September.

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The 24 September Coronavirus Restrictions Published Date: 24/09/2020

IoL Vice Chairman Gary Grant has provided a summary of the new coronavirus restrictions regulations, the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 5) Regulations 2020.

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NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales Published Date: 24/09/2020

NHS COVID-19 app launches nationwide to help control COVID-19 transmission alongside national and local contact tracing, and businesses are now  required by law to display the NHS QR code posters to allow people to check in at different premises.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What has changed (UK Wide) – 22 September Published Date: 23/09/2020

A UK-wide COBR meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister and attended by the First Ministers of Scotland and Northern Ireland and the deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, preceded announcements of a 10pm curfew and requirements for table service in hospitality across the UK.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 23/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/791) (“the Relevant Place Regulations”) to include theatres, restaurants, bars and public houses in the scope of the “relevant places” where members of the public are required to wear face coverings, except for in some limited cases such as when it is reasonably necessary for a person to remove their face covering to eat or drink.

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New lockdown measures for England as COVID-19 alert level rises again. Published Date: 22/09/2020

Measures including a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants, increased mandatory requirements for face coverings (including now for taxi and private hire users), tightenting the 'Rule of 6' and increasing sanctions for breaches have been announced by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson addressing the House of Commons today (22 Sept). The measures are aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, and the PM warned that further measures will be considered if necessary.

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“Downing Street to spearhead gambling reforms” Published Date: 22/09/2020

It has been reported that Downing Street has taken control of the upcoming review of gambling legislation, due to be launched ‘within weeks’.

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Sefton MBC appeal to the Crown Court over Magistrates' decision to grant convicted abductor's taxi driver licence Published Date: 22/09/2020

Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council has lodged an appeal with Liverpool Crown Court over whether a former policeman convicted 14 years ago of abducting a 15-year-old girl should be granted a taxi driver licence.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place and on Public Transport) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 22/09/2020

These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings on Public Transport) (England) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/592), so that taxis and private hire vehicles are included in the modes of public transport to which the requirement to wear a face covering applies.

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Updated COVID Working Safely Guidance (Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services) Published Date: 21/09/2020

Updates have been made to the COVID Working Safely Guidance - the changes relate to restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services – it includes added information on penalties for breaching the rules (section 1.1) and updated guidance on Test and Trace data and display of NHS QR codes (section 2.1).

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IoL Patron Philip Kolvin QC joins 11KBW Published Date: 21/09/2020

IoL Patron and licensing expert Philip Kolvin QC is joining 11KBW chambers.

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Restrictions for more areas in north west, West Yorkshire and midlands to tackle rising infection rates Published Date: 18/09/2020

Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton escalated to areas of intervention, with new restrictions in Wolverhampton, Oadby and Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Collection of Contact Details etc and Related Requirements) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/09/2020

This instrument introduces a statutory requirement requiring designated venues to collect certain contact details mainly from customer, visitors and staff (as set out in the regulations), store this information for 21 days, and share it with NHS Test and Trace or local public health officials, if requested.

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Rhondda Cynon Taf to go into lockdown Published Date: 17/09/2020

The new restrictions include all licensed pubs, bars and restaurants will have to shut by 23:00 every day, once the lockdown comes into effect.

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COVID Marshals 'unlikely' in England, councils say Published Date: 17/09/2020

The widespread introduction of COVID marshals to towns and cities in England to enforce social distancing rules is "unlikely" and "almost impossible", according to some councils, which have highlighted a lack of detail in last week’s Government’s announcement, including questions about funding, recruitment and enforcement powers.

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Peers call on Jenrick to explain opposition to smoke-free zones Published Date: 17/09/2020

A group of cross-party peers has asked the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick to explain why he opposed smoking bans for pavement areas outside pubs and restaurants.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Obligations of Hospitality Undertakings) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/09/2020

These Regulations require certain undertakings in the hospitality industry, to take measures to ensure that their customers follow the rules on social distancing. The Secretary of State must carry out a review of the need for the requirements in these Regulations within the period of six months of their coming into force.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (North East of England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 17/09/2020

This instrument makes provision for the purpose of enabling a number of public health measures to be taken to reduce the public health risk posed by the coronavirus in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham County including licensing restrictions.

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THE “RULE OF 6” CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS Published Date: 15/09/2020

In this authored article, Gary Grant, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Licensing looks in detail at the new 'Rule of 6'.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 14/09/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 has been published came into force at 12.01 a.m. on 14th September 2020. The instrument makes provision for the tightening restriations on gatherings which have been taken to reduce the public health risks posed by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19. IoL Vice Chairman Gary Grant has provided a version of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 including all amendments as of 14 September 2020.

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NexStart Rule of 6 Explanatory Note: Updated Published Date: 14/09/2020

This Note provided by Sarah Clover through the NexStart group is written in narrative form to give assistance as to what the latest regulations mean.

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Rule of six comes into effect to tackle coronavirus Published Date: 14/09/2020

New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people come into effect in England today (Monday 14 September) as the Government calls on the public to remain vigilant in the fight against coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: Scotland's route map update Published Date: 11/09/2020

Update to Scotland's route map setting out further Phase 3 changes, as Scotland transitions through and out of the COVID-19 crisis.

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‘Confusion’ over COVID-19 marshal plan Published Date: 11/09/2020

Councils and the police is reported to have criticised the Government’s announcement of new COVID-19 marshals.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in Leicester Published Date: 11/09/2020

The Government has updated its guidance document on COVID-19 providing the list of businesses and premises expected to close in Leicester.

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Local restrictions in Bolton Published Date: 11/09/2020

The Government has published, for the first time, guidance on the restrictions imposed in Bolton.

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Wales introduce further constraints on meeting socially and compulsory face coverings to help prevent new coronavirus crisis Published Date: 11/09/2020

Face coverings will become mandatory in indoor public places across Wales from Monday as rules are tightened to prevent a fresh coronavirus crisis.

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Updates to Guidance ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’  Published Date: 11/09/2020

Following the announcements on 14 September and the ‘Rule of six’ which comes into effect on Monday 14th September, the guidance ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ has been updated.

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COVID -19 - Changes agreed to local restrictions across England as Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihul become 'areas of intervention' Published Date: 11/09/2020

Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull moved to 'areas of intervention', with residents told not to meet with people from outside their households to control the spread of the virus.     This article details the new restrictions alongside other changes to local restrictions.

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Northern Ireland announces Localised restrictions in response to Covid-19 increases Published Date: 11/09/2020

The Executive has decided to introduce a series of localised restrictions to stem the increase in Covid-19 cases and keep people safe.

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Venues required by law to record contact details Published Date: 10/09/2020

The government have confirmed the new mandatory requirements for premises and venues across England to have a system in place to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

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DfT letter to licensing authorities Published Date: 10/09/2020

The DfT have written to licensing authorities across the country, acknowledging and thanking them for their hard work during the pandemic. In the letter, DfT Director Stephen Fidler recognises the challenges presented by the pandemic restrictions and applauds the many licensing authorities who have found ways to address challenges presented to normal licensing processes. He urges any licensing authority not currently accepting new licence applications to address the matter urgently to 'to support the restart of schools and support local economies and to limit any long-term impacts on the sector'.

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The 'Rule of Six' - England’s lockdown rules to tighten from 14 September 2020           Published Date: 09/09/2020

Gatherings of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors will be illegal from Monday, enforced by the Police with fines for breaches.

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Stronger measures brought in to tackle virus in Bolton Published Date: 08/09/2020

The Government has announced new measures for Bolton including  late-night restriction of operating hours for venues and restricting the hospitality sector to takeaway only.  In addition, a ban on mixing outside households in homes and public outdoor settings will be enforceable as cases in Bolton reach 120 per 100,000 – the highest in the country.

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Local lockdown restrictions imposed to control Caerphilly outbreak Published Date: 07/09/2020

Coronavirus laws will be tightened across Caerphilly borough to prevent a local outbreak of the virus spreading, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

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Expired driving licences automatically extended by 11 months Published Date: 04/09/2020

Photocard licences or entitlement to drive that expires between 1 February and 31 December 2020 have been extended for 11 months from the date of expiry. This extension will be of interest to licensing authorities responsible for licensing taxi and private hire drivers.

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SIA consultation on top-up training for door supervisors Published Date: 04/09/2020

The SIA has changed the qualifications needed for an SIA licence and is now consulting on top-up training for SIA-licensed door supervisors and security officers.

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PH licence for police officer who abducted a schoolgirl Published Date: 04/09/2020

An ex-police officer who ‘quit’ the force after abducting schoolgirl and her friend has ‘won’ his legal battle to become a private hire driver.

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Urgent action needed to improve safety of cosmetic treatments, say CIEH and IoL Published Date: 02/09/2020

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) and the Institute of Licensing (IoL) have published two new reports on regulating cosmetic treatments. Cosmetic treatments are rapidly growing in popularity, but the existing regulatory regime is poorly equipped to keep the public safe.

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NEXSTART gambling notes issued Published Date: 02/09/2020

NEXSTART, the National Exit Strategy Advice & Response Team for the Hospitality and Entertainment Industry, have issued two new guidance notes dealing with gaming machines in licensed bingo premises and adult gaming centres and gaming machines and pool tables in pubs in England.

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Online safeguarding sessions prove popular with Mendip’s taxi drivers Published Date: 02/09/2020

Mendip District Council’s Licensing Team is delivering virtual safeguarding sessions to all its licensed taxi and private hire drivers.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 28/08/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions on Holding of Gatherings and Amendment) (England) Regulations 2020 have been published and come into force today (Friday 28 August 2020), creating a new offence for holding (or being involved in holding) gatherings of more than 30 people.

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Restrictions lifted in parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire Published Date: 28/08/2020

Locally led approach seeing results as COVID-19 cases drop in some hotspot areas in northern England, meaning 2 households can mix again in areas including Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Hyndburn and Burnley.  Current restrictions will remain in Leicester for a further 2 weeks as cases remain high at present.

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Emergency funding to support Scottish culture and heritage Published Date: 28/08/2020

A new £15 million Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund will provide critical support to a range of businesses such as art galleries, studio facilities, comedy venues, large music venues, commercial theatres, orchestras, dance companies and nightclubs.  This is part of a £59 million funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tougher fines introduced to prevent unlicensed music events in Wales Published Date: 28/08/2020

The Welsh Government has moved to give the police greater powers to prevent unlicensed music events taking place in Wales, as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, Health Minister Vaughan Gething has announced.

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New powers to protect from community transmission in Scotland Published Date: 27/08/2020

Police Scotland have been granted powers to break up large house parties as restrictions on social gatherings come into force from tomorrow (Friday 28 August) making it an offence to breach coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance by having a large house party indoors.

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Licensing – a statutory function which cannot be ignored Published Date: 26/08/2020

While most local authorities have found ways to overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to operate the licensing function, there remain some who currently refuse to accept new licence applications.  This is an indefensible position to take, adversely impacting on individuals and businesses at a time of extreme difficulty and rising unemployment nationally.

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Nightclub & Venue Reopening Strategy published Published Date: 25/08/2020

The NTIA and a consortium of industry operators have published a  ‘Nightclubs & Venue Opening Strategy’ setting out the case for a science-based, risk-assessed return to a Covid-secure opening of nightclubs and venues.

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NEXSTART Gaming machines in licensed bingo premises and AGCs Published Date: 24/08/2020

The NEXSTART group have published an advice note focusing on gaming machines in licensed bingo premises and AGCs.

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NEXSTART Group J Gaming Machines and Pool Tables in Pubs in England Published Date: 24/08/2020

The NEXSTART group have published an advice note focusing on gaming machines and pool tables in pubs in England.

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Timeline set out for lifting temporary restrictions in Aberdeen Published Date: 23/08/2020

Hospitality to reopen on Wednesday 26 August subject to compliance checks.

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Tougher fines ahead of Bank Holiday to crack down on illegal gatherings Published Date: 23/08/2020

A new criminal offence for people organising or facilitating unlawful gatherings comes into force on Friday 28 August 2020.

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More targeted action in local areas to curb the spread of coronavirus Published Date: 21/08/2020

Government and local leaders in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn have agreed additional measures to curb the spread of the virus, while removing Wigan, Darwen and Rossendale from intervention, but businesses including restaurants and pubs, workplaces and childcare including nurseries to remain open. In addition, Birmingham is now an ‘area of enhanced support’ and Northampton is an ‘area of intervention’.

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Guildford taxi driver has licence revoked - Crown Court dismisses appeal Published Date: 20/08/2020

A hackney carriage driver has had their appeal against the Council's decision to revoke their driver's licence dismissed by Guildford Crown Court.

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Updated: Closing certain businesses and venues in England Published Date: 20/08/2020

The closing certain businesses and venues in England guidance has been updated to reflect changes in rules on wearing face coverings.

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An open letter to the pub sector to support safe trading practices Published Date: 19/08/2020

The BBPA, UK Hospitality and BII have issued an open letter to the pub sector highlighting the critical importance of engaging our customers in Covid secure practices.

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Nail bars, salons and some outdoor venues to reopen in Leicester Published Date: 18/08/2020

Nail bars, outdoor pools, and beauty salons can reopen in Leicester from tomorrow (19 August). Current rules for gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place while the Government continues to monitor the situation and keep all restrictions and easements under consideration

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Pubs ‘vow’ to adhere to social distancing rules Published Date: 18/08/2020

Major UK breweries admit they have "an important role to play" in controlling the spread of coronavirus, after a Sky News investigation revealed nine out of 10 pubs in Greater Manchester were flouting lockdown rules.

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FSA campaign to help food sector adapt to the new normal Published Date: 18/08/2020

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have launched a ‘Here to Help’ campaign to provides a practical guide for food businesses on how to register, re-open and adapt to the way they trade safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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London taxi initiate legal action challenging London’s “streetspace” road restrictions Published Date: 18/08/2020

The Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association (LTDA) and United Trade Action Group (UTAG) has taken the decision to challenge both the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) over its new Streetspace plans as more key roads are closed to motorists and licensed taxis.

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COVID-19: outdoor events guidance by the LGA Published Date: 18/08/2020

There has been some uncertainty about the extent to which outdoor events are currently permitted to take place. This guidance note brings together relevant guidance on outdoor events and provides an overview of the current position.

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Casinos can reopen from 15 August alongside other easements, while stronger enforcement measures announced Published Date: 14/08/2020

The Government has confirmed re-opening from 15 August for casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and other premises, while nightclubs and dance halls will remain closed.  Close contact treatments will be able to resume in full although staff offering these services should wear a face mask (type 2 surgical), in addition to a clear visor that covers the face.  The easements come alongside tougher fines for face mask breaches and new fines for unlawful gatherings.

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Guidance updates to accompany relaxations Published Date: 14/08/2020

Guidance for performing arts and close contact services have been updated alongside guidance for the public following the announcements by the Government of further relaxations.

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IoL response to Wales' proposed ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens Published Date: 14/08/2020

The Institute of Licensing has submitted a response to the Wales Government's consultation on the proposed ban of third party sales of puppies and kittens.

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Restrictions on household gatherings to continue in parts of North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester Published Date: 14/08/2020

Current rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester will remain in place, meaning casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas will not be permitted to open in these areas. The Government says it will continue to work with local leaders in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle to address high or rising cases

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Mayor calls for ‘urgent’ support to protect businesses through COVID19 Published Date: 13/08/2020

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has written to the Prime Minister setting out proposals to ensure the West End can survive the COVID-19 pandemic, as businesses face a 'perfect storm' with home working, tourism restrictions and social distancing requirements.

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Tax conditionality – draft primary legislation Published Date: 13/08/2020

As announced at Budget 2020, the government will legislate in Finance Bill 2020-21 to make the renewal of licences to drive taxis and private hire vehicles, operate PHV firms and deal in scrap metal, conditional on applicants completing checks that confirm they are appropriately registered for tax. Licensing bodies will have to obtain confirmation that an applicant has completed the check before making a decision on their renewal application.  The draft primary legislation and supporting documentation has now been published.

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Hospitality sector must commit to customer tracing schemes Published Date: 12/08/2020

UKHospitality has reiterated the importance of hospitality businesses to play their part in supporting the test and trace schemes across the UK.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 08/08/2020

The instrument amends the Face Coverings Regulations which require members of the public to wear a face covering when in a “relevant place”.

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LGA calls for tougher licensing powers “to crack down” on COVID-19 safety breaches Published Date: 08/08/2020

Pubs and other licensed premises should be made to comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines with councils given the powers to close down places where rules are being flouted and communities are put at risk of infection, the LGA said.

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Football alcohol ban might be lifted Published Date: 08/08/2020

Newspapers reported that football's 35-year booze ban may be lifted to draw fans back into stadiums this year with proposals to allow supporters to drink in their seats aimed at avoiding unnecessary movement and contact with others.

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DPTAC position on taxis and private hire vehicles Published Date: 08/08/2020

The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) position on, and recommendations about, the accessibility of taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).

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Launch of Planning for the future consultation to reform the planning system Published Date: 06/08/2020

The Government is consulting on plans to reform the planning system, streamlining planning processes, cutting red tape and making more use of technology to speed up the process. The stated intention of the proposed new system will be to protect valued green spaces with more building on brownfield land while delivering new homes faster, and provide a 30% discount through First Homes with an emphasis on key workers.

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Entertainment industry calls for more support Published Date: 06/08/2020

Paul Fleming, general secretary-elect of Equity, told the BBC more state funding was needed to keep the arts going through the pandemic calling the government's coronavirus performance a "pantomime".

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Local lockdowns reach Scotland as Aberdeen restrictions are imposed Published Date: 05/08/2020

Following an increase in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions on travel, indoor gatherings between households and the closure of indoor and outdoor hospitality will be introduced in the Aberdeen City local authority area, taking effect from 5pm today (Wednesday 5 August).

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Pubs and restaurants in Wales reopen indoors Published Date: 03/08/2020

From today (3 August) pubs, cafes and restaurants in Wales will be able to serve people indoors with the BBC reporting that people have spoken of their excitement and anxiety about socialising again as lockdown rules are further relaxed in Wales.

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Lockdown 'reverse gear' warning for Scottish pubs Published Date: 03/08/2020

It’s been reported that Scotland's national clinical director said there has to be a "reverse gear" over licensed venue easing lockdown in Scotland.

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Guide Dogs and RNIB - Letter to Local Authority Licensing Published Date: 03/08/2020

Guide Dogs and the RNIB have produced a joint letter to local authorities in regard to pavement licensing and the new Business and Planning Act.

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Will pubs need to shut to allow schools to reopen Published Date: 03/08/2020

There has been some discussion on this with Prof Graham Medley, a government scientific advisor, saying pubs or "other activities" in England may need to close to allow schools to reopen next month, while Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick subsequently advising that there are no plans to do this.

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The Rules for Independence Day and Beyond - Issue 3, 31 July 2020 Published Date: 03/08/2020

Charles Holland, Gary Grant and Leo Charalambides have provided an update of their report on 'The Rules for Independence Day and Beyond'

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Coronavirus: £100m Zoo Animals Fund opens for applications Published Date: 03/08/2020

The £100m Zoo Animals Fund, announced on 27 June, is now open for applications from zoos and aquariums.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England - Guidance updated 3 August 2020 Published Date: 03/08/2020

The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' has been updated following the announcement by Boris Johnson on 31 July regarding the delays to further reopening originally planed for 1 August.

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Government reverse re-opening plans for certain premises Published Date: 31/07/2020

The Government has announced a reversal of further lockdown easing in England following spikes in reported cases.

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Scotland – Re-opening Phase 3 continues with further indicative dates Published Date: 30/07/2020

Live outdoor events, funfairs, amusement arcades, casinos, bingo halls and other premises are set to re-open on 24 August according to indicative dates from the Scotland Government.   The indicative dates will be kept under review and are contingent on the continued suppression of COVID-19.  Re-opening dates for indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports clubs will be reviewed in 3 weeks time with a current indicative date of 14 September.

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Scotland: events sector guidance published Published Date: 30/07/2020

The Scotland Government has published a guide for the events sector on safe re-opening during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Local lockdown restrictions for North West England, while Luton will be relaxed Published Date: 30/07/2020

Government announces changes to rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire after increase in COVID-19 cases.  Meanwhile, local restrictions in Luton will be lifted from Saturday 1 August, bringing the area back in line with the majority.

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Small music venues in England get £2.2m emergency government funding Published Date: 26/07/2020

The first tranche of funding from the Government’s £1.57 billion cultural recovery package will be used to save around 150 grassroots music venues from insolvency, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has announced.

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“Close the criminal cabbies loophole” – IoL referenced Published Date: 26/07/2020

The Institute of Licensing taxi and PH suitability guidance has been referenced in the national press reporting on the DfT’s statutory guidance.

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£10 million funding package for Scotland’s events sector Published Date: 26/07/2020

A funding package of £10 million has been established to help the events sector recover from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. in Scotland. A restart date for the events sector is still awaited.

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Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further in Wales Published Date: 24/07/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 2) (Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 come into effect from 25th July, meaning cinemas, museums and beauty salons can reopen from Monday, as Wales’ coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed,

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Petition to ban puppy import and strengthen Lucy’s Law Published Date: 23/07/2020

Campaigners are petitioning for further changes to address importation of puppies which undermines the licensing controls implemented by Lucy’s Law creating an enforcement minefield for local authorities tasked with regulating dog breeding.  The exploitative importation of young puppies for sale in England  gives rise to the same welfare concerns which prompted Lucy's Law, including the  premature separation from the mother, and the trauma and health issues that can be associated with transportation.

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Vets and celebrities lead public warnings against ‘cruel and opportunist’ lockdown pet sellers Published Date: 23/07/2020

As the lockdown surge in demand for puppies continues, DEFRA's 'Petfished' campaign is being promoted by vets and celebrities in an effort to raise awareness of the issues which give rise to potentially severe welfare issues unscrupulous individuals breed puppies for profit with little or no concern for the welfare of the pups or their mother.

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Dance Music Artists and Industry Make Urgent Plea to Government to Support UK’s World Leading Dance Music & Events Sector Published Date: 23/07/2020

Stars from the UK’s Dance Music sector, alongside festivals, nightclubs, and industry figures are today issuing an urgent plea for support from the UK Government that the dance music clubs & events sector must be protected and recognised as an important part of the nation’s art and culture in parity with the wider Live Music sector, to ensure equal access to support.

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Face coverings Regulations published Published Date: 23/07/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 have been published.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 23/07/2020

This instrument makes further changes to Schedule 2 to allow the following businesses and venues to re-open on 25 July 2020: a. indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks b. indoor fitness and dance studios c. indoor gyms and sports courts and facilities

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Business & Planning Act 2020 Published Date: 22/07/2020

The Business and Planning Bill 2019-21 has received Royal Assent today (22 July 2020) and its provisions come into effect immediately under section 24 of the new Act.

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Pavement licences guidance Published Date: 22/07/2020

Guidance to accompany pavement licensing introduced in the Business and Planning Act 2020 has been issued.

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Guidance for temporary alcohol licensing provisions Published Date: 22/07/2020

This guidance relates to the alcohol licensing provisions in the Business and Planning Act 2020.

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Scottish Government criticised after re-imposing ban on gaming machines in betting shops Published Date: 22/07/2020

Betting shops in Scotland have been ordered to switch off their gaming machines, just days after the Scottish Government announced it was lifting the controversial ban.

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Government announces national standards for taxi and private hire vehicle passengers in England and Wales Published Date: 21/07/2020

The new Statutory Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Standards which local authorities will be expected to implement are designed to improve consistency in the licensing system, reducing the risk of harm posed to children and vulnerable passengers in the process. It follows historic and serious cases of taxi and PHV drivers abusing their position of trust.

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NEXSTART guidance on pavement licence conditions Published Date: 21/07/2020

This note relates to pavement licences that would be granted to existing alcohol licensed premises. Inevitably the provisions are detailed and contain some ambiguity; however, one issue that has been identified as potentially posing some difficulty for operators is the provision of standard conditions.

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Business and Planning Bill Update (21 July) Published Date: 21/07/2020

The Business and Planning Bill has completed its scrutiny in the House of Lords and will now go back to the House of Commons for consideration of the proposed amendments.

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Government plans to ensure pubs, restaurants and cafes offer both smoking and non-smoking outdoor options Published Date: 20/07/2020

People using pubs, restaurants and cafes will soon have greater freedom to choose non-smoking outdoor areas following an amendment tabled today to legislation in Parliament.

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CGA and UKHospitality set out the industry’s road to recovery Published Date: 20/07/2020

A Consumers are returning cautiously to hospitality, but rigorous safety measures, industry collaboration and government support can all speed the sector along the road to recovery.

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Licensing of outdoor drinking and dining – LGA Guidance Published Date: 19/07/2020

The Local Government Association has issued guidance on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations.

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Government issue guidance on local authority powers to impose restrictions Published Date: 19/07/2020

The Government has issued guidance on the powers given to local authorities to impose local lockdowns.

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NEXSTART on Coronavirus Regulations No3 on Local Restriction Directions Published Date: 19/07/2020

Sarah Clover has written the latest NEXSTART note, this one on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020.

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‘Nightingale Courts’ established to help tackle the impact of Covid-19 on the justice system Published Date: 19/07/2020

The Lord Chancellor has today (19 July 2020) announced locations for 10 ‘Nightingale Courts’ which have been rapidly set up to tackle the impact of coronavirus on the justice system. Spanning England and Wales, the courts will hear civil, family and tribunals work as well as non-custodial crime cases.

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COVID-19 Latest relaxations: Theatres and indoor performances to resume in England from 1 August Published Date: 17/07/2020

Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August, the Prime Minister has announced.

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PM on latest relaxations as Government ‘hopes for the best but plans for the worst' Published Date: 17/07/2020

PM Boris Johnson has set out the Government’s position as it ‘hopes for the best and plans for the worst’.  Amid announcements of relaxations which will see theatres and indoor performances resume with social distancing measures from 1 August, additional funding has been announced for the NHS alongside local lockdown powers for ministers and local authorities.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - in force from 18 July 2020. Published Date: 17/07/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 make provision for a local authority to give directions relating to premises, events and public outdoor places in its area. A direction may only be given if the local authority considers that the public health, necessity and proportionality conditions set out in regulation 2 are met. The Regulations will come into force on 18th July 2020.

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Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1 October Published Date: 17/07/2020

The Government has announced that business events and conferences will be permitted to resume from 1 October provided rates of infection remain at current levels

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Scotland: Planning for re-opening schools safely Published Date: 16/07/2020

Scientific advice for the safe re-opening of schools and resumption of school transport has been published today (Thursday 16 July). Subject to the continued suppression of the virus, and to surveillance and mitigations being in place, schools will re-open from 11 August.

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Northern Ireland: proposals to reform liquor licensing laws Published Date: 16/07/2020

Communities Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín MLA, has announced Executive agreement on proposals that will transform and modernise the liquor licensing law, striking a balance between tackling alcohol abuse and bolstering the hospitality industry.

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Bristol set to remove all Cumulative Impact Policies Published Date: 15/07/2020

Poppleston Allen Solicitors have reported that Bristol City Council have made the decision to remove all Cumulative Impact Assessment Policies with effect from 1st August 2020.

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Business & Planning Bill: 11pm deadline on off-sales Published Date: 15/07/2020

The Telegraph have reported that ministers are climbing down by placing an 11pm deadline on off-sales after Lords warned it would cause disorder.

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Review of restaurant licence for flouting lockdown rules Published Date: 14/07/2020

India Cottage, a restaurant based in Ringwood, Hampshire has had its licence reviewed for not complying with lock down restrictions.

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Business and Planning Bill: Update Published Date: 14/07/2020

The Bill continues to progress through the House of Lords completing its committee stage.

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Planning update on cultural venues and holiday parks - Written Ministerial Statement Published Date: 14/07/2020

Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick has made a Written Ministerial Statement outlining the planning changes designed to protect

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 12/07/2020

This instrument makes a number of changes to Schedule 2 (Businesses subject to Closures) of the Regulations.

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Further easing of lockdown in Wales Published Date: 12/07/2020

Pubs, cafes, restaurants and bars in Wales will be able to serve customers indoors from 3 August, providing Covid cases continue to fall.

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New planning rules to protect cultural heritage Published Date: 12/07/2020

Theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues will be protected through changes to the planning system which will take effect next week, prompting councils to consider the impact of coronavirus into consideration when considering change of use, redevelopment of demotion of premises.

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Beauty salons set to reopen for some services next week under new government guidelines Published Date: 10/07/2020

Businesses including beauty salons, nail bars and tattoo studios can reopen safely from Monday 13 July.

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Gov.uk updates: Outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to re-open Published Date: 10/07/2020

Following the announcement from the Government yesterday (10/07/2020), the Government has issued a raft of updates and releases have been issued:

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Pub has licence revoked for noise and COVID-19 lockdown breach Published Date: 10/07/2020

A Chesterfield pub which breached COVID-19 regulations and caused a noise nuisance for neighbours, has had its licence revoked.

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Scotland’s hairdressers and barbers to re-open Published Date: 10/07/2020

Hairdressers and barbers are preparing to re-open on 15 July under the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown.  Guidance has been published for the sector and will also apply to other services including beauty salons which have an indicative opening date of 22 July.

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Outdoor theatres, gyms and pools to re-open Published Date: 09/07/2020

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced further relaxation of restriction regulations relating to outdoor theatres, gyms and pools.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) England Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020 No. 684) and associated guidance Published Date: 09/07/2020

Charles Holland, Gary Grant and Leo Charalambides provide commentary and legal analysis on the The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) England Regulations.

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NEXSTART advice note on Business & Planning Bill Published Date: 09/07/2020

NEXSTART's overview of the pavement licensing regime with Q&As.

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Update on Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 07/07/2020

The Business and Planning Bill is currently in the House of Lords for scrutiny.

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£1.57 billion rescue package for arts, culture and heritage industries announced Published Date: 06/07/2020

The government has announced a £1.57 billion rescue package for Britain’s arts, culture and heritage industries. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.

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NEXSTART commentary: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 05/07/2020

NEXSTART commentary by Leo Charalambides, Sarah Clover & Charles Holland on the amendments to the Health Protection Regulations.

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Covid19 - Selected sporting events, TV and film exempt from quarantine Published Date: 05/07/2020

Culture Secretary announces agreements to allow selected sporting events and production on film and television to get underway safely.

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Covid19 – Pubs reopening guidance Published Date: 05/07/2020

The Government has issued guidance to accompany the relaxation of the restriction regulations that came into effect on 4 July.

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NEXTSTART Advice note on Gambling Published Date: 03/07/2020

The NEXTSTART group have issued a further advice note on gambling covering gaming machines and compliance issues.

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The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 03/07/2020

The amendment regulations that paves the way for further restrictions regulations to be lifted in respect of pubs and other licensed venues have been published.

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The re-opening of pubs, bars and restaurants (etc) on 4 July 2020 by Gary Grant and Charles Holland, Barristers of Francis Taylor Building Published Date: 03/07/2020

At 3pm on 3 July 2020, the much anticipated regulations permitting pubs, bars, restaurants and, surprisingly, cinemas and theatres, in England to re-open were laid before Parliament, just hours before they come into force at 6am on Saturday, 4 July 2020.

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Government advice on track and trace data collection Published Date: 03/07/2020

The Government has issued further guidance on how to maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace.

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NEXSTART FAQs published Published Date: 03/07/2020

The relaxation of lockdown restrictions has given rise to questions being raised by authorities and operators concerning the interpretation and implementation of the requirements imposed upon businesses as they gradually reopen. This note endeavours to assist all those involved in the process to provide a safe transition out of lockdown.

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Live Music Stars in Plea for Government Help Published Date: 02/07/2020

Stars from the UK’s live music sector have written to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden in an urgent plea for support from the UK Government during what would have been the UK’s world-famous festival season.

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Pubs, cafes and restaurants to re-open outdoors in Wales Published Date: 02/07/2020

Pubs, cafes and restaurants to re-open outdoors in Wales will begin to re-open outdoors in Wales from July 13, if cases of coronavirus continue to fall.

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ICO guidance to businesses collecting personal data for contact tracing Published Date: 02/07/2020

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued guidance to businesses collecting personal data for contact tracing.

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Safer taxi journeys set to be approved in Cheltenham Published Date: 02/07/2020

Travelling in Cheltenham licensed taxis or private hire vehicles will become safer as the authority’s Cabinet is set to approve a new policy on partition screens in licensed vehicles.

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Relaxed social distancing in Scottish pubs Published Date: 02/07/2020

The use of face coverings will become mandatory in shops in Scotland as coronavirus restrictions are eased and social distancing rules eased.

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Hospitality and Leisure guidance on test and trace records published Published Date: 02/07/2020

Businesses and organisations are being told to collect contact details of their visitors as their venues reopen this Saturday, to help the NHS Test and Trace service in the national effort to contain and prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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More funding for councils announced Published Date: 02/07/2020

Councils in England will now receive a further, unringfenced £500 million to respond to spending pressures they are facing as a result of COVID-19. The new support package was announced by Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick today, Thursday 2 July, as part of a comprehensive plan to ensure councils’ financial sustainability for the future.

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Gambling APPG’s publish gambling harm report Published Date: 02/07/2020

The report found that the Covid -19 pandemic has underlined the need for greater protections for people who can gamble with ease from home, at any time of day and at any level, via a mobile phone.

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Select Committee publish report on Gambling Harm Published Date: 02/07/2020

The Select Committee on the Social and Economic Impact of the Gambling Industry has published its report: ‘Gambling Harm— Time for Action’.  The report makes over fifty recommendations to address the issues of problem gambling and criticises Government refusal to impose a mandatory levy on the industry to fund research, education and treatment.

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IoF Covid19 fundraising guidance Published Date: 30/06/2020

The Fundraising Regulator and the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has produced guidance for safe fundraising during the pandemic.

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Local lockdown measures for Leicester Published Date: 30/06/2020

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed that lockdown measures will be reinstated in Leicester with schools and non-essential retail stores required to close from today (30 June), and residents asked to stay at home.  All but essential travel to and from Leicester should now be avoided.

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COVID-19 Guidance for using council buildings and community centres Published Date: 30/06/2020

Government guidance has been provided for those managing council buildings and multi-use community facilities.

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Business and Planning Bill: Update Published Date: 30/06/2020

The Business and Planning Bill cleared the House of Commons on 29 June 2020.

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Agent of Change Working Group Report Published Date: 30/06/2020

On 4 March 2019, representatives of the Institute of Licensing met with the team at the Drugs and Alcohol Unit at the Home Office to discuss the recommendations of the House of Lords Select Committee after their ten year review of the Licensing Act 20031. In the Report, the Lords’ Committee had made several recommendations concerning the relationship between licensing and planning. Their conclusions were radical, and sparked a debate.

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COVID-19: NEXTSTART guidance on pavement licences Published Date: 29/06/2020

The latest advice note from the NEXSTART group which focuses on pavement licences under the new Business and Planning Bill.

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Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August Published Date: 29/06/2020

Mandatory MOT testing is to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifted

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Public Accounts Committee report on gambling Published Date: 29/06/2020

House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report finds that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and the Gambling Commission it oversees have an “unacceptably weak understanding” of the impact of gambling harms and lack measurable targets for reducing them. The Gambling Commission has “no key performance indicators” and the departmental leadership lacks urgency to address this.

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£100 million rescue package for England’s zoos and aquariums Published Date: 27/06/2020

Zoos and aquariums in England set to receive up to £100 million in additional support to help them continue to care for their animals through coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19: NEXSTART Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 27/06/2020

Sarah Clover has authored the latest advice note from the NEXSTART group which focuses on the Business and Planning Bill.

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COVID-19: NEXSTART advice note on Group Size, Gatherings and Covid-19 Safe Capacity Published Date: 26/06/2020

Sarah Clover and Leo Charalambides have authored the latest advice note from the NEXSTART group which focuses on group size, gatherings and capacity.

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Welsh Government consults on proposals for a ban on third party sales of puppies and kittens in Wales Published Date: 26/06/2020

The Welsh Government is consulting on proposals to introduce a ban on commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens. This is a follow on from the consultation which was conducted between 19 February – 17 May 2019 and received 458 responses, the majority of which supported a ban. The consultation highlighted other issues which needed further investigation such as enforcement and breeding.

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Al Fresco eating and drinking under the Business and Planning Bill 2020: the licensing aspects Published Date: 25/06/2020

Gary Grant, Barrister at Francis Taylor Building and Vice Chairman of the Institute of Licensing, provides a detailed view of the changes proposed by the new Business and Planning Bill 2020.

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Draft guidance to support Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 25/06/2020

The Business and Planning Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on Thursday 25 June 2020. Draft guidance has been prepared to be read alongside a number of the planning measures set out in the Bill, including guidance on pavement licences.

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COVID- 19 - Business and Planning Bill Published Date: 25/06/2020

Planning and licensing laws will be relaxed to help the hospitality industry recover from the coronavirus lockdown, the Government has announced. Measures included within the Bill will include a fast-track process for businesses to obtain permission for the use of outside areas, will allow off-sales for takeaway and delivery purposes without the need to vary existing licences which authorise the sale of alcohol.

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COVID-19: Northern Ireland Executive brings forward timetable of indicative recovery dates Published Date: 25/06/2020

Indicative dates for further relaxations to the Coronavirus regulations in Northern Ireland have been announced by the Executive.

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COVID- 19 - Scotland publishes next phase of relaxation Published Date: 25/06/2020

The Scottish Government has published its indicative dates for Phase 2 & early Phase 3 restriction relaxation.

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COVID-19 - New business guidance to support latest lockdown relaxations in England Published Date: 24/06/2020

Guidance has been provided for different categories of premises in England ahead of the latest lockdown relaxations announced by the PM yesterday, which will see the re-opening of many businesses including pubs, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, hairdressers and barbershops.

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New Guidance– ‘Staying alert and safe (social distancing). Published Date: 24/06/2020

New guidance has been provided on social distancing ahead of the relaxations announced by the Prime Minister yesterday.

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COVID- 19 - Re-opening of businesses and venues from 4 July Published Date: 24/06/2020

On 23 June 2020, the Prime Minister announced further easements of the coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, including the re-opening of many businesses and venues (with exceptions).

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New government guidance to support  reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4 Published Date: 24/06/2020

The Government has published it’s ‘Guidance on Tourism and the Visitor Economy’, to help to get the tourism sector back up and running so the public can safely take domestic holidays  and visit attractions on days out.

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Compliance with licence conditions – Advice note Published Date: 23/06/2020

NEXSTART has issued its latest advice note dealing with compliance with licence conditions.

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More licensed premises can re-open from July Published Date: 23/06/2020

The Government has confirmed that pubs, restaurants and cinemas and hotels can reopen on 4 July provided that can comply with Covid secure guidelines.

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New company aims to save UK high streets Published Date: 22/06/2020

A team of retail and leisure experts has launched a new company called EVOLVE Partners to help rescue town centres including IoL Director and Chair of the West Midlands Institute of Licensing Sarah Clover.

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MHCLG letter to councils on street trading relaxation Published Date: 21/06/2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has written to local authorities asking them to relax licensing enforcement and reduce licensing fees.

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Gambling Commission opens consultation on high value 'VIP' customers Published Date: 20/06/2020

The Gambling Commission is seeking views on proposed changes to the rules operators must abide by when transacting with high value customers.

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Code of practice for the commercial property sector Published Date: 19/06/2020

Government has published a code of practice to encourage commercial tenants and landlords to work together to protect viable businesses.  The code is endorsed by UKH, BBPA and ACS amongst others.

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Scotland moves to Phase 2 in COVID-19 recovery route map Published Date: 18/06/2020

The Scottish Government has announced that Scotland will now move in stages to Phase 2 of its COVID-19 recovery routemap

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Scotland - tourism and hospitality sector guidance published Published Date: 18/06/2020

Scottish Government has published guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.

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CPNI publishes Physical Distancing Guidance Published Date: 18/06/2020

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has published guidance on searching people and their belongings whilst maintaining physical distance.

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Toilets and compliance with the Health Protection Regulations – NEXSTART Advice Note Published Date: 17/06/2020

NEXSTART has issued its latest advice note dealing with toilet provision and the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020 in England & Wales.

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Closing certain businesses and venues in England – Guidance updated Published Date: 16/06/2020

The government guidance ‘Closing certain businesses and venues in England’ has been updated to reflect the changes implemented through the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020.

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Increased Covid19 testing of taxi drivers Published Date: 16/06/2020

The Government has announced increased testing for taxi and PH drivers to help the Government learn more about who is at higher risk and how the virus is spreading.

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DfT statement on face coverings in taxis Published Date: 16/06/2020

The Department for Transport has issued a statement on face coverings in taxis.

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Gambling Commission Covid19 guidance for operators Published Date: 16/06/2020

The Gambling Commission have published FAQs aimed at helping operators manage compliance with Government Covid-19 guidance on re-opening.

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New rules on face coverings come into force today Published Date: 15/06/2020

From today (Monday 15 June 2020) everyone must wear a face covering when travelling by public transport in England.  The Regulations make face coverings mandatory on buses, coaches, trams, ferries, aircraft and trains.  Taxi and private hire vehicles are not included in the Regulations, although there will be local policies on this and the guidance which has been updated to reflect the regulations advises the public to wear face coverings when using taxi and private hire vehicles and states that drivers may refuse passengers if they are not wearing them.

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Partnership working has never been more important Published Date: 15/06/2020

Reopening licensed premises will symbolise that return to normality and it is important we get it right. In this authored article, Daniel Davies gives his thoughts on on the imporance and impact of having the right partnership between regulators and operators.

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Hospitality & Tourism APPG publishes report into effects of COVID-19 on sectors Published Date: 15/06/2020

Cutting tourism VAT, an overhaul of the business rates system and the creation of an autumn Bank Holiday are some of the ways in which the Government can support the UK’s hospitality and tourism businesses, according to a new report.

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UKH calls on Government to confirm hospitality reopening date Published Date: 15/06/2020

UKHospitality has called upon Government to confirm a re-opening date for hospitality and tourism, to allow businesses to prepare for a return to trading.

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Government launches review into 2m social distancing rule Published Date: 14/06/2020

The Prime Minister has launched a review of the 2 metre social distancing rules amidst calls to reduce it to allow more businesses to open.

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Betting shops, zoos and outdoor attractions open alongside shops with further easing of lockdown restrictions Published Date: 14/06/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 bring further relaxation to lockdown regulations allowing more premises to open including betting shops, zoos and outdoor attractions.

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Latest relaxations in England: outdoor attractions and zoos can re-open from Monday 15 June alongside shops Published Date: 11/06/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now confirmed that alongside shops, outdoor attractions where people can stay in their cars, and zoos can open on Monday 15 June subject to facilitating social distancing.

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Scotland’s tourism industry may re-open from 15 July Published Date: 11/06/2020

The Scottish Government has announced the formation of a new Scottish Recovery Tourism Taskforce to assist with the ongoing reset of the sector - and a provisional date of 15 July has been set for when tourism businesses may be able to resume operations, dependent on public health advice and progression to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government lockdown route-map.

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Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to announcement that sector can reopen on 15th July Published Date: 11/06/2020

The STA welcomes re-opening announcements, while remaining hopeful for some sectors to open earlier, and calling for urgent measures to overcome the 2 metre distancing requirements to enable economic viability for many businesses.

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Re-opening: Shops re-open on Monday, while pubs seek clarity and zoo announcements expected Published Date: 10/06/2020

Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres will reopen on Monday 15 June amid calls for clarity on pubs. In the meantime, amid growing concern for zoos and similar establishments, media reports suggest that announcements later today will confirm that outdoor attractions can re-open from Monday subject to compliance with social distancing rules.

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COVID19 Licensing Issues: Opening up outside spaces for licensed premises Published Date: 10/06/2020

Philip Kolvin QC looks at a potential solution to the challenges of outside drinking , while Cheltenham Borough Council is understood to have become one of the first local authorities in the country to accelerate applications for temporary changes to the use of public areas and private land.

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Guide Dogs Coronavirus Guidance for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers Published Date: 10/06/2020

The association Guide Dogs for the Blind have created guidance to help taxi and private hire drivers and operators support customers with sight loss through good communication skills while maintaining social distancing.

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Business Secretary: 4th July earliest date for re-opening of pubs and bars Published Date: 10/06/2020

After media speculation that the Government might bring forward the date for pubs reopening, Business Secretary Alok Sharma says the Government will “continue to follow the roadmap, which sets out our ambition to reopen these sectors from 4 July at the earliest”.

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Appeals – Concerns registered over long delays on licensing hearings Published Date: 10/06/2020

In a letter, sent to HM Courts and Tribunal Service together with the Magistrates’ Association, Office of the Lord Chief Justice and government ministers, the Institute of Licensing and NALEO have raised concerns in relation to the delays on licensing hearings in the magistrates’ court.

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Pubs call for clarity over reopening plans Published Date: 09/06/2020

The BBPA has called on the Government for “urgent clarity and a definitive date for when beer gardens will be allowed to open”.

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More face-to-face hearings as courts reopen Published Date: 08/06/2020

An expansion of face-to-face hearings is planned this week as 16 more court and tribunal buildings open across England and Wales. This news comes amid growing concern at the delays to licensing hearings which are subject to the Court’s Listing Priorities.

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Government responds to the DCMS Select Committee Report and launches call for evidence into loot boxes Published Date: 08/06/2020

The Government has published it’s response to the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee Report on Immersive and Addictive Technologies.   As part of the response, it has been announced that DCMS will launch a call for evidence into the impact of loot boxes on in-game spending and gambling-like behaviour later this year.

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COVID-19: Business Secretary launches working groups to help unleash Britain's growth potential Published Date: 08/06/2020

Business Secretary Alok Sharma is creating 5 new business-focused groups to unleash Britain’s growth potential and create jobs, as part of the government’s plans to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Business Closures - Guidance updated 5 June Published Date: 06/06/2020

The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' has been updated to reflect the amended Regulations.

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COVID-19: Northern Ireland Executive confirms changes to Covid-19 regulations Published Date: 06/06/2020

A number of changes to the Coronavirus Regulations will be introduced from Monday (8 June). The Executive has also indicated that hotels and other tourist accommodation will be allowed to re-open from July 20, if virus transmissions rates continue to decline. A final decision to allow this reopening will be confirmed nearer the time.

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COVID-19: BEIS Committee calls for evidence on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth Published Date: 05/06/2020

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has launched a new super inquiry on Post-Pandemic Economic Growth. This wide-ranging and ambitious inquiry will look at the options available to Government to secure our economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19; covering investment, industrial strategy, jobs, skills, exports and sustainable growth. The Committee has called for evidence with submissions required by 17th July.

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COVID-19: Face coverings to become mandatory on public transport Published Date: 04/06/2020

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced that it will be mandatory for bus, coach, train, tram, ferry and aircraft passengers in England to wear face coverings on their journeys from 15 June to coincide with the next phase of the lockdown relaxation. Official advice remains to work from home where possible. Update

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COVID19 Licensing Issues: LGA guidance on use of screens in PHVs and taxis Published Date: 04/06/2020

The Local Government Association has issued guidance on approaches to the use of screens in private hire vehicles (PHVs) and taxis during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: The outdoor café campaign, by Philip Kolvin Published Date: 04/06/2020

In this authored article, Philip Kolvin QC gives his thoughts on solutions to allow the use of outdoor areas by licensed premises once allowed to reopen.

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COVID19 Licensing Issues: Guidance on off-sales and compliance with restriction regulations Published Date: 04/06/2020

Guidance on off-sales and compliance with restriction regulations produced by a coalition of experts including the Institute of Licensing. This guidance provides practical guidance and a comprehensive list of FAQs for the trade and licensing authorities to assist with navigating the off sales legalities.

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Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus infection - APPG Published Date: 04/06/2020

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Quality has published its Air Quality Strategy including provisions relevant to taxi and PH licensing.

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COVID-19: Study to investigate COVID-19 impact on gamblers Published Date: 03/06/2020

A new study has been launched to understand how the COVID-19 lockdown has impacted gambling behaviour, including among potentially ‘high risk’ groups.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: New and updated Guidance to support the latest lockdown relaxations in England Published Date: 01/06/2020

Following further relaxation of the lockdown restrictions, people are now able to exercise outside with up to five others from different households from today (Monday 1 June), provided that strict social distancing guidelines are followed. It has also been announced that extremely vulnerable people who have been “shielding” in England can now safely spend time outdoors. Updated guidance and FAQs have been published to support these developments.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures UPDATED Published Date: 01/06/2020

IoL President James Button looks at the Lockdown Regulations as amended from 1st June.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Northern Ireland Economy Minister announces re-opening plan for hotels and other tourist accommodation Published Date: 01/06/2020

Northern Ireland Economy Minister Diane Dodds has announced plans to allow hotels and other tourist accommodation to re-open from 20 July 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 31/05/2020

The latest Health Protection amendment regulations have been published and due to come into force on 1 June 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown Published Date: 29/05/2020

PM Boris Johnson has announced that groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

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Scottish Courts and Tribunals buildings - plans to reopen next week Published Date: 29/05/2020

Following the Scottish Government’s announcement yesterday, arrangements are being put in place to reopen courts and tribunals buildings next week as part of Phase 1 of the Scottish Government Covid-19 Routemap.

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CPNI security advice notes Published Date: 28/05/2020

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure has issued guidance notes dealing with protection and security issues as restrictions are lifted.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Police step back from action against restriction Regulations Published Date: 28/05/2020

It has been reported that the police are “retreating” from lockdown enforcement and will now only break up large gatherings.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scotland’s lockdown begins to ease in Phase 1 Published Date: 28/05/2020

Changes to Scotland’s lockdown restrictions have been confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon with some restrictions easing from Friday 29th May.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Pubs could open ‘sooner than July’ Published Date: 28/05/2020

Prime minister ‘optimistic’ that bars may reopen with reduced social distancing restrictions.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Prime Minister sets out timeline for retail to reopen in June Published Date: 25/05/2020

Outdoor markets and car showrooms in England will open from 1 June (subject to meeting secure guidelines) and all other non-essential retail are expected to re-open from 15 June subject to guidelines and providing the Government tests on the COVID-19 position are met. Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed at this stage.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Government announces £50 million boost to support high street recovery Published Date: 25/05/2020

A new £50 million fund for councils to support their local high streets get safely back to business has been announced by High Streets Minister Simon Clarke (24 May 2020). The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

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£10m national gambling education and support programme launched in the UK Published Date: 24/05/2020

The launch of a £10 million independent gambling education initiative intended to equip a generation of young people to better understand the risks associated with gambling and engage with gambling products and environments in an informed way, has been announced.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: ‘Al fresco’ pubs and dining to help with recovery Published Date: 23/05/2020

It has been reported that the Government is looking at a "blanket permission" for restaurants and cafes to make use of public spaces.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Interest in online casinos at an all-time high Published Date: 23/05/2020

Search interest in online casinos has hit an all-time high in the UK since lockdown began.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: 30,000 pubs and restaurants 'may not reopen after lockdown' Published Date: 23/05/2020

Research by data and insight consultancy CGA has suggested that as many as 30,000 pubs and restaurants may not open once lockdown restrictions are lifted.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scotland's route map for moving out of lockdown Published Date: 21/05/2020

The Scottish Government has published its route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Pub licence revoked for breach of lockdown rules Published Date: 20/05/2020

The Pendulum pub in Pendeford, Wolverhampton has had its premises licence revoked in summary review proceedings brought by West Midlands Police for breaking the coronavirus lockdown provisions.

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‘Sobriety tags’ come into force Published Date: 20/05/2020

Criminals who commit ‘alcohol-fuelled crime’ may be banned from drinking and made to wear ‘sobriety tags’ after new legislation comes into force on 19 May 2020.

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Gambling Commission instructs tighter measures to protect consumers during lockdown Published Date: 20/05/2020

The Gambling Commission has issued new customer interaction guidance for remote operators to interact with consumers at risk of harm.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: UKH calls on Government to be #FAIR4Hospitality and support the sector’s roadmap to restart Published Date: 20/05/2020

Government at Westminster, Holyrood and Cardiff must invest in a fair and timely return for hospitality this summer, for the benefit of local communities, peoples’ jobs, national wellbeing and the British economy. That’s the central message of a new campaign by trade body UKHospitality to highlight that businesses are ready to reopen in a safe and sustainable way given the right government support.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Government Taskforces to look at re-opening guidelines for closed businesses Published Date: 14/05/2020

Five ministerially-led ‘taskforces’ will look at guidelines to support re-opening of businesses currently closed.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Further amendment to lockdown regulations and guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 come into force on 13 May 2020 and amend the the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. The Guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' has also been updated to reflect the changes to the Regulations.

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Government remains committed to taxi guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Government has said it remains committed to publishing the taxi statutory guidance “shortly”.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Thousands of pubs could permanently close Published Date: 13/05/2020

The British Beer and Pub Association has warned that up to 14,000 pubs might close if they do not open by the end of September'.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scottish Government funds study into how pubs could open Published Date: 13/05/2020

A new health focused University of Stirling study is seeking to understand how the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on licensed premises can be effectively managed to protect emergency services.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Covid 19 and its impact on gambling Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Gambling Commission said the lockdown has brought “significant consumer behavioural change and major impacts on the gambling industry.”

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Updated DfT Taxis and PHV guidance Published Date: 13/05/2020

The Department for Transport has issued updated guidance following the Governments relaxation of restrictions.

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Covid’s Metamorphoses: The Future of the Social Economy Published Date: 12/05/2020

In this article Philip Kolvin QC and Alicia Scholer give their views on the long-term impact of Covid-19 on the future of the social economy.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: PM announces first stage of lockdown relaxation in COVID-19 'conditional plan' for England Published Date: 11/05/2020

Under the first stages of relaxing the lockdown, daily excercise will be unlimited (from Wednesday 13th May), workers unable to work from home will be encouraged to return to work, and there are promises of further relaxation (stages two and three) including the possibility of some hospitality and other public places re-opening from 1 July 'if and only if the numbers support it' and with social distancing in place.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Industry bodies respond to PM announcments on lockdown modifications and relaxation plan Published Date: 11/05/2020

Industry bodies have reacted quickly following the announcements by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night (10 May).

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Government publishes Recovery Strategy Published Date: 11/05/2020

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy as presented to Parliament by the Prime Minister has been published.

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Prohibition order for Ibstock pub after drinkers found in cellar Published Date: 07/05/2020

A pub landlord that breached Coronavirus regulations eight times since the end of March has been served a prohibition notice by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC).

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' guidelines updated Published Date: 04/05/2020

There have been updates to the 'Closing certain businesses and venues in England' guidelines to further clarify the requirements of The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020. The Designation letter has also been updated, as well as the social distancing guidelines.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: DfT Taxi and PHV data collection survey postponed Published Date: 04/05/2020

The Department for Transport postpones annual taxi and PH statistical survey.

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Pub served prohibition notice for "hiding customers in cupboards" Published Date: 04/05/2020

A South Yorkshire Pub has been issued with a prohibition notice after it was reported that customers were hiding in cupboards.

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Travelling Funfairs (Licensing) (Scotland) Bill Published Date: 04/05/2020

The Bill introduced on 29 April 2020 would require operators of travelling funfairs in Scotland to have a public entertainment licence.

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Uber launches Real Time ID Check for drivers in the UK Published Date: 04/05/2020

Uber have launched a service that will allow passengers to get real time information about licensed drivers.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: NPHTA and PHTM campaign in favour of protective screens in licensed PHVs and taxis Published Date: 04/05/2020

The National Private Hire and Taxi Association (NPHTA), in conjunction with the national trade newspaper Private Hire and Taxi Monthly (PHTM) have written to local authorities urging them to allow protective screens in licensed taxi and private hire vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: £14 million financial support for England’s zoos and aquariums Published Date: 04/05/2020

The Government has announced a £14 million suport fund for zoos and aquariums in the latest step to protect businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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IoL member survey to gather views on the APBGG Reivew of the Gambling Act Published Date: 04/05/2020

Following the announcement that the Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) has launched a review of the Gambling Act 2005, IoL members are asked to submit their views to the IoL via an online survey.

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Pubs Code Adjudicator has reported on its support for Tied Pub Tenants in relation to COVID-19 Published Date: 01/05/2020

The PCA has reported on its ongoing engagement with the regulated pub-owning businesses about how they are supporting their tenants in line with Pubs Code obligations.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Mayor launches new fund to support London’s at risk culture Published Date: 30/04/2020

Sadiq launches £2.3m Culture at Risk Business Support Fund to support London’s creative and cultural industries at risk due to the impact of the coronavirus.  Support will be given to grassroots music venues, LGBTQ+ venues, artist workspaces and independent cinemas across the capital, while the Mayor calls on Government to do more to secure the sector’s future

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures (updated) Published Date: 30/04/2020

IoL President James Button updates his detailed look at the Regulations restricting movement and requiring businesses to close across England and Wales to take account of the amendments to the regulations in both England and Wales. Template prohibition notices also provided to assist Regulators in the absence of any prescribed forms.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Late night levy in lockdown Published Date: 30/04/2020

Cornerstone Barristers’ Philip Kolvin QC and Clare Eames, a partner at licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, give their take on late-night levy charges, which are payments for nothing during the coronavirus lockdown.

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The Secretary of State has appointed four new Commissioners to the Gambling Commission. Published Date: 30/04/2020

Terry Babbs, Brian Bannister, Jo Hill and Sir Martin Narey have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as Commissioners of the Gambling Commission for five years from 30th April 2020.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Call for evidence - Impact of Covid-19 on cultural sector Published Date: 29/04/2020

The DCMS Select Committee has issued a call for evidence on impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Gambling Commission boosts gambling harm treatment services during Covid-19 Published Date: 29/04/2020

The Gambling Commission has committed £9million in finding to boots gambling support and help services during the coronavirus (Covid19) outbreak.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: IoL Protocol Updated (28 April 2020) Published Date: 28/04/2020

The IoL's 'Protocol for Licence Applications and Hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 Pandemic' has been updated to reflect the new hearnings regulations for Wales.

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Black Cab group fail in JR over Uber decision Published Date: 26/04/2020

London taxi drivers in London have failed to overturn a TfL decision to let Uber continue to operate.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Taxi drivers face 'financial ruin' without government help – MP Published Date: 26/04/2020

The MP for Eltham has written to the Transport Minister urging him to take measures to save taxi drivers from "financial ruin".

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Pubs ‘to open last’ in UK lockdown Published Date: 26/04/2020

It has been reported that pubs and outdoor spaces will be last to open when the Government lifts the current Covid-19 lockdown.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Department of Health letter to employers re coronavirus testing for essential workers Published Date: 26/04/2020

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock MP, has written to employers confirming that testing is now available, in England and Scotland initially, for essential workers with symptoms, and people who live with essential workers and have symptoms.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Looking beyond lockdown in Scotland and Wales Published Date: 26/04/2020

The Scotland and Wales Governments have published frameworks for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020 published Published Date: 24/04/2020

The Local Authorities (Coronavirus) (Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have been published, making provision in relation to local authority meetings, and the publication of and access to certain local authority documents.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Revised coronavirus rules for Wales unveiled Published Date: 24/04/2020

The stay-at-home regulations have been revised in Wales to continue to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Lifting the lock-down and why we must get this right  Published Date: 23/04/2020

Daniel Davies, Institute of Licensing Chairman and CEO of Rockpoint Leisure, explains why it is essential that the emergence from the current lock-down position is managed effectively with a trade off between public health and economic health that will command broad public support.

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The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group launches its Review of the Gambling Act 2005 Published Date: 23/04/2020

Pre-empting the review to be launched by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport at some time in the future, the only All Party Group to support the whole UK gambling industry launches its own review, to ensure an evidence-based submission can be submitted to the government. All industry stakeholders are invited to contribute.

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Committee launches inquiry on problem gambling Published Date: 23/04/2020

The Public Accounts Committee has announced an inquiry into the February 2020 report by the National Audit Office into ‘Gambling regulation: problem gambling and protecting vulnerable people.’

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: UK Hospitality say 1m hospitality jobs at risk without reopening plan Published Date: 23/04/2020

An extended period of social distancing measures could cost one million jobs unless measures to protect hospitality businesses are put in place, according to UKHospitality.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: New measures to protect companies from aggressive rent collection and closure Published Date: 23/04/2020

High street shops and other companies under strain will be protected from aggressive rent collection and asked to pay what they can during the coronavirus pandemic.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Amendments to the Coronavirus, Restrictions Regulations published Published Date: 22/04/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 came into force at 11am today (22 April 2020). Changes to Regulation 6(1) of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 now mean that it is prohibited to be outside of your home without a reasonable excuse, even if you left your home with one.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: NTIA to challenge Insurers for failure to honour business interruption policies Published Date: 22/04/2020

The Night Time Industries Association has today announced that it will be coordinating claims against Hiscox Insurance for its refusal to pay out under its business interruption policy.

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Government urges gambling industry to tackle risks of problem gambling during coronavirus outbreak Published Date: 21/04/2020

Culture Minister Nigel Huddleston has urged the gambling sector to do all it can to tackle any heightened risk of problem gambling during the coronavirus lockdown, today.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: CFSG advice for animal related businesses and local authorities Published Date: 20/04/2020

The Canine & Feline Sector Group (CFSG) has produced guidance for pet businesses and local authorities about how they can operate safely and legally during the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Bill to introduce licensing of pedicabs Published Date: 20/04/2020

The MP for the Cities of London and Westminster is to introduce a 10-minute rule bill in an attempt to introduce the regulation of pedicabs in the capital.

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COVID-10 Licensing Issues - IoL Protocol updated to include remote hearings Annex and more info on fees and the levy Published Date: 20/04/2020

The IoL's 'Protocol for Licence Applications & Hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 During the COVID-19 Pandemic' has been updated to include a new Annex  on remote hearings and to provide more information in relation to annual fees and the late night levy.

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COVID-19: Letter from the Local Government Minister to councils setting out further details of additional funding Published Date: 20/04/2020

The letter thanks councils for their efforts responding to the coronavirus pandemic and provides further details on the support the government is providing to local authorities.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Dft advise licensing authorities to consider ways to support the taxi and private hire trade Published Date: 20/04/2020

A communication from the DfT today (20 April 2020), highlights the temporary provisions for bus and lorry drivers aged 45 and over to forego the need for a D4 medical in order to renew their driving entitlement and advises licensing authorities to consider ways to support the taxi and private hire trade to continue to operate and provide essential travel.

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COVID-19 - Licensing Issues: NPCC and College of Policing: latest frontline policing updates Published Date: 16/04/2020

A series of guides and briefings have been provided by the NPCC and College of Policing for frontline police officers to assist them in supporting the public health response to COVID-19.

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Covid-19 Licensing Issues: How to join telephone and video hearings during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Published Date: 14/04/2020

HM Courts & Tribunals Service have provided an online guide for those asked to join a hearing by telephone or video using BT MeetMe, Skype for Business or Cloud Video Platform (CVP) during the coronavirus outbreak

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Covid-19 Licensing Issues: Defra amendments to mandatory reporting Published Date: 14/04/2020

DEFRA have announced changes to the statutory requirement to upload taxi and PH data.

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Covid19 Licensing Issues: LGA note on approaches to managing licensing during the COVID-19 pandemic Published Date: 12/04/2020

The LGA has issued guidance on managing licensing and related issues during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Home Office urges collaboration, communication and pragmatism from local authorities Published Date: 08/04/2020

Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime and Policing has written to local authority Licensing Committee Chairs across England and Wales recognising the difficulties faced by regulators and businesses and urging a collaborative and pragmatic approach to minimise damage to both businesses and the licensing objectives.

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IoL Protocol updated to incorporate Ministerial letter to Licensing Committee Chairs Published Date: 08/04/2020

The IoL has updated it's 'Protocol for licence applications & hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 pandemic' to incorporate the advice to Licensing Authorities set out in a Ministerial letter from Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Crime and Policing, to Chairs of Licensing Committees dated 8 April 2020.

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Covid-19 Licensing Issues: Home Office cancels local authority alcohol and late night refreshement returns Published Date: 08/04/2020

The Home Office has cancelled the 2019/20 alcohol and late-night refreshment data collection from local authorities.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: DfT say Taxi / PH driver licensing remains a matter for licensing authorities Published Date: 08/04/2020

DfT officials have circulated a number of useful links, and on the matter of driver licensing state that they are reviewing the Group 2 medical requirements but that the licensing of taxi and private hire drivers remains a matter for licensing authorities.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues. Coronavirus Restrictions: local authority enforcement powers - narrower than you might think Published Date: 08/04/2020

Do local authority officers, authorised under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 have the power to enforce all the rules under those regulations, including those relating to movement of people and gatherings? Some say they do. Horatio Waller explains why he disagrees.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - NPCC / College of Policing Brief on The Coronavirus Act and Regulations Published Date: 07/04/2020

The College of Policing and NPCC have published briefs covering the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations (reconciling powers in relation to business closures with powers to disperse gatherings and restrictions on movement), and the Coronavirus Act which provides powers relating to potentially infectious persons and powers to the Secretary of State to issue directions relating to events, gatherings and premises.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020: What does this mean for licensees? Published Date: 06/04/2020

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament received Royal Assent on 6th April 2020. Caroline Louden and Niall Hassard explain what it means for licensees.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: MHCLG letter to local authorities explaining regulations made under the Coronavirus Act Published Date: 06/04/2020

A letter has been sent from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to local authority chief executives explaining two sets of regulations made under the Coronavirus Act 2020.

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IoL Protocol for licence applications & hearings under the Licensing Act 2003 during the COVID-19 pandemic Published Date: 02/04/2020

The Institute of Licensing has published a Protocol designed to assist licensing authorities in complying with their obligations and duties under the Licensing Act 2003 during this emergency period. It covers applications involving alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment.

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Covid19 Licensing Issues – Remote hearing Regulations published Published Date: 02/04/2020

The Secretary of State has published the necessary regulations relating to the ability for local authorities to conduct hearings remotely.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Gambling Commission Postpones Local Authority Returns Published Date: 31/03/2020

The Gambling Commission has postponed this year’s local authority returns in light of Covid-19.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues – changes to right to work checks Published Date: 31/03/2020

The Home Office has announced temporary changes to right to work checks in response to Covid-19.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Insurance matters Published Date: 31/03/2020

As the Government measures to combat COVID-19 requires many premises and businesses across the country to close (or at least to subtantially change their business model), many industry are relying on insurance policies to protect them in these unprecedented times but the position is not straightforward. IoL Patron Philip Kolvin QC explains.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - OPSS Update to Local Authorities in England on business closure enforcement Published Date: 30/03/2020

The Office for Product Safety and Standards has written to local authorities providing updated guidance on the restriction Regulations.

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Further DEFRA guidance published Published Date: 30/03/2020

DEFRA has published further Animal Welfare Regulations guidance for local authority inspectors in England.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Restrictions on Movement and Business Closures Published Date: 30/03/2020

IoL President James Button has updated his previous article following further changes to the relevant regulations in England and Wales. This article takes a detailed look at the regulations which impose the most stringent restrictions ever applied to daily lives and business, and examines them in detail. Template prohibition notices are also provided to assist Regulators in the absence of any prescribed forms.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Closure of Businesses and Venues - Guidance updated to reflect Regulations Published Date: 28/03/2020

Another update to the guidance 'Closing certain businesses and venues', this time to the 'compliance' section, to reflect the updated Regulations now in force in England, Scotland and Wales.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Priority courts to make sure justice is served Published Date: 27/03/2020

A network of priority courts will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic to make sure the justice system continues to operate effectively, while other 'staffed courts' will support video and telephone hearings.

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COVID 19 Licensing Issues - College of Policing guide to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 Published Date: 27/03/2020

The College of Policing guide summarises the requirements of the Regulations and the police approach to enforcement as CEO requests that everyone supports the police by staying at home 'at this critical time'.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Premises Closures Explained Published Date: 27/03/2020

Following the announcements and subsequent Regulations regarding premises closures, IoL President James Button sets out the position in detail. The orginal article (23 March) has been updated (27 March)  following changes to the Regulations.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Lockdown Regulations published Published Date: 26/03/2020

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 have been published.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Coronavirus Act 2020 now in force and further updates to the Businesses and premises closures guidance (26 March) Published Date: 26/03/2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has now become law and is available online. There have also been further updates to the Business and premises guidance published today (26 March)

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The Journal of Licensing - available online Published Date: 26/03/2020

In these challenging times, we are delighted to bring you the latest Journal of Licensing, now available online for access by all licensing practitioners.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: MOTs for cars, vans and motorcycles due from 30 March 2020 to be extended Published Date: 25/03/2020

Latest Government guidance indicates that from 30 March 2020, MOT due dates for cars, motorcycles and light vans will be extended by 6 months. This is being done to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

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Remote licensing hearings are lawful Published Date: 25/03/2020

Philip Kolvin QC, Patron of the Institute of Licensing addresses any lingering doubts as to whether it is lawful for licensing hearings to be conducted remotely.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues: Scottish Government issues guidance for business on COVID-19 social distancing and closures Published Date: 25/03/2020

The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Guidance and advice for those providing hotel and other accommodation in the UK Published Date: 25/03/2020

Luke Hall MP, Minister for Local Government and Homelessness has written to local authorities on hotel closures clarifying exemptions for keyworkers and homeless. The letter urges anyone who has closed services for homeless people as a result of the measures announced this week, to reopen as soon as possible.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Published Date: 25/03/2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic and necessary social restrictions present a fast changing legislative landscape. IoL President James Button, updates his previous article looking at the position of drivers carrying passengers, and also considers vehicle MOT's and licence renewals.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Businesses and premises closures: guidance updated (25 March) Published Date: 25/03/2020

The guidance on business and premises closures has been updated with a more detailed list of closures and exceptions. The guidance states that 'Off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries' can remain open.

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Future of transport regulatory review: DfT call for evidence Published Date: 25/03/2020

The Department for Transport has issued a call for evidence asking for information and views on 3 areas of the ‘Future of transport regulatory review’ including taxis and private hire.

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COVID-19 Licensing issues: Taxis and PHVs – DfT advice Published Date: 25/03/2020

The Department for Transport has provided an update on the status of taxi & PH vehicles.

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COVID-19 - Further businesses and premises to close as PM instructs Britain: 'you must stay at home' Published Date: 24/03/2020

All non-essential retail premises to close as Prime Minister Boris Johnson says: 'I must give the British people a very simple instruction - you must stay at home'. The restrictions will be in place for at least 3 weeks following the announcement during the PM's live broadcast on the evening of 23rd March. The Guidance to accompany the announcement has also been published. Updated 24th March 2020.

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VE and VJ Day extensions shelved in light of COVID-19 restrictions Published Date: 24/03/2020

Plans for extended hours in May and August for the VE and VJ celebrations will be shelved in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing measures.

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New regulations created by Secretary of State for business closure (COVID-19) will be enforced by local authorities. Published Date: 23/03/2020

Local government will be responsible for enforcing regulations requiring those businesses asked to close on 20 March 2020, in new guidance issued today, 22 March 2020.

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Lottery proceeds to go up in April Published Date: 23/03/2020

Statutory limits for lottery proceeds to be raised from 7 April this year.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues. Virtual local authority meetings: Coronavirus Bill amended, ruling out uncertainty Published Date: 23/03/2020

An additional clause added to Coronavirus Bill will clear any ambiguity and expressly permit virtual licensing hearings as Charles Holland explains.

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COVID-19 Licensing Issues - Regulations to enforce closure of premises Published Date: 21/03/2020

At 2pm on Saturday 21st March 2020, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 (attached) came into immediate force. Made under Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. The Government has produced guidance for businesses and other venues subject to the social distancing measures (link provided within full article).

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All UK bars and pubs to shut Published Date: 20/03/2020

The Government has ordered all UK pubs and restaurants to close "as soon as they reasonably can".

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What licence is needed to deliver alcohol? Published Date: 20/03/2020

“What licence do you need to deliver alcohol?” may now be of urgent interest to many operators, and Charles Hollands has provided his views on the question.

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Lucy's Law will come into force from 6 April 2020 Published Date: 19/03/2020

The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 [SI 2019/1093] comes into force next month, and Sarah Clover has provided a briefing note to assist Local Authorities.

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