Pubs, bars and restaurants can now apply for a temporary licence to place tables and chairs on the highway to extend their outdoor space.
In a move to support businesses within the sector, Dudley Council is introducing a temporary pavement licence, which allows them to safely extend their outdoor space if they can continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Businesses which are granted a licence will be able to place counters, tables, seating and other items associated with the consumption of food and drink on the pavement during their operating hours but not exceeding 11pm.
Conditions and a fee of £100 applies. Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member responsible for licensing, said:
“Our hospitality sector has been hit hard during this pandemic with many, even though they are now open, still struggling to operate due to the limited number of people allowed on the premises.
“This new temporary licence will allow some businesses to extend their outdoor space, hopefully allowing them to accommodate more customers and boost their trade while crucially continuing to follow the latest social distancing guidelines.
“This is another way we are supporting businesses within this sector as they begin their road to recovery.”
For more information on the pavement scheme and how to apply go to dudley.gov.uk.