Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Licensing [Archived]
Produced in partnership with Jeremy Phillips QC and Gerald Gouriet QC, General Editors of Paterson’s, together with Consulting Editors Gary Grant, Charles Holland, Leo Charalambides and Francis Taylor Building specialist licensing barristers James Rankin, Charles Streeten and Horatio Waller
Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Licensing [Archived]

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Jeremy Phillips QC and Gerald Gouriet QC, General Editors of Paterson’s, together with Consulting Editors Gary Grant, Charles Holland, Leo Charalambides and Francis Taylor Building specialist licensing barristers James Rankin, Charles Streeten and Horatio Waller provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Licensing [Archived]
  • What legislative changes to the licensing regime were introduced, and when?
  • What legal issues arise from the Government’s legislative response?
  • The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020
  • Application of the regulations
  • Food and drink businesses: Scope of the regulations
  • Food and drink businesses: duty of closure
  • Food and drink businesses: take-away/delivery
  • Businesses in the leisure industry and other premises
  • Businesses in the leisure industry: closure duty
  • More...

Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Licensing [Archived]

This Practice Note considers the application, scope and limitations of the changes to legislation and practice applied to businesses subject to licensing regimes introduced as part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic through the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/350 and subsequent amending legislation between 26 March 2020 and 3 July 2020. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No 2) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/684 came into force on 4 July 2020 and revoked Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020, SI 2020/350 and subsequent amendments save to the extent provided for in regulation 2(2) in relation to any offence committed under those regulations before 4 July 2020. This content remains relevant as reference point for those offences.

These temporary provisions are designed to ensure the protection of public health by enforcing business closures and other restrictions to ensure social distancing to minimise the spread of the coronavirus.

What legislative changes to the licensing regime were introduced, and when?

The chronology of the government response to the pandemic is set out in full in the Coronavirus (COVID-19)—governance tracker and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)—licensing tracker.

What legal issues arise from the Government’s legislative response?

There are possible evidential issues with the definition of the disease:

  1. what level of ‘infection’ will qualify as ‘infected’?

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