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Outdoor smoking at pubs could be banned

by LLB staff reporter
13th Jul 20 11:13 am

The government are facing calls to ban outdoor smoking at pubs and cafés in exchange for permission to serve “pavement drinks.”

A cross party group of peers are set to table an amendment to emergency legislation to help boost the hospitality sector to allow relaxing licensing laws which will encourage al fresco eating, according to the i newspaper.

On the condition that smoking is banned, the amendment will seek to ensure pavement licences are approved subject to the ban.

Liberal Democrat Baroness Northover told the newspaper, “Reducing smoking in public places has been hugely important for improving public health in the UK.

“However, with pavement licences being introduced to help support our hospitality industry, the government should not allow this to become an excuse for increasing smoking in public places.

“More and more people are spending time with friends, family and loved ones outside. We must ensure that these new pavement areas can be enjoyed by all.”

A spokesman for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government told the newspaper, “We are helping our pubs, cafés and restaurants return to work safely by making it quicker, easier and cheaper for them to set up outdoor seating and street stalls to serve food and drink.

“Councils will be able to set local conditions for licences. As set out in supporting guidance, councils should consider public health when setting these conditions.”

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