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NEXSTART FAQs published Published Date: 03/07/2020

This information and following questions and answers has been developed by a cross sector group including the Institute of Licensing looking to reduce risk for licensed premises operating during the current pandemic and so ensure the safety of the public, premises staff and officers and provide clarity for all involved.

Group members:

  • Jim Cathcart (UKHospitality)
  • Ian Graham (National Police Chiefs Council, Licensing Advisory Group)
  • John Miley (National Association of Licensing Enforcement Officers)
  • Clare Eames (Poppleston Allen)
  • Leo Charalambides (Kings Chambers)
  • David Lucas (Institute of Licensing)

Questions addressed within the NEXSTART note include:

  • What is the status of the guidance produced by the government?
  • What is the relationship between the guidance and risk assessments?
  • Who is responsible for enforcing the requirement for a risk assessment?
  • What action can be taken for non-compliance with the risk assessment requirements?
  • Who is responsible for enforcing the regulations?
  • What enforcement action can be taken for non-compliance with the regulations?
  • Is it possible to review a premises licence or club premises certificate?
  • Will the new pavement licence authorise the sale of alcohol? (Assuming that the Business
    and Planning Bill becomes law)
  • Is it necessary to display a COVID-19 compliance notice?
  • Is there any requirement to reduce operating hours?
  • Is it possible to provide televised sport, gaming machines and pool tables?