The Alcohol Licensing (Coronavirus) (Regulatory Easements) (Amendment) Regulations 2022, which was laid in parliament in September and came into effect on 29 September, has passed unopposed in both Houses, extending the off-sales provision in section 11(13) of the Business and Planning Act 2020 (modification of premises licences to authorise off-sales for limited period) until September 2023.
The modifications provide automatic extensions of premises licences that only permit sales of alcohol for consumption on the premises (“on-sales”) to allow sales of alcohol for consumption off the premises (“off-sales”). They also apply temporary conditions to licences where there is a pre-existing permission for off-sales, to enable those premises to operate in the same ways as those granted the new permission, and provide for off-sales reviews to take place on grounds which are relevant to one or more of the licensing objectives.
Regulation 2 extends the application of the modifications from 30 September 2022 to 30 September 2023. The expiry date was changed to 30 September 2022 from 30 September 2021 by S.I. 2021/1049.