Alcohol and entertainment

Licensed Premises and 2nd National Lockdown 

The new Lockdown Regulations took effect on Thursday 5 November 2020 and impose new restrictions on Licensed Premises. 

The Regulations require hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurant, pubs, bars and social clubs to close for consumption of food and drink on the premises. This includes areas adjacent to the premises where seating is available for customers to use while consuming food and drink served from the premises. 

Food and drink (including alcohol) may be provided for consumption off the premises, subject to the following: 

Food or drink (No alcohol)

  • Between the hours of 05:00 and 22:00 a premises may sell food or drink for take-away, and the purchaser can enter the premises to collect the food or drink. 

  • After 22:00 till 05:00 the next morning, premises may sell food and drink, but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle. 


  • A licensed premises may sell alcohol at any time but the sale must be pre-ordered and only made via a delivery, click and collect or a drive-thru facility. The purchaser must not enter the premises or vacate their vehicle.

The regulations do not however override the hours and conditions of each individual Premises Licence, and these must be followed at all times. 

Off licence are exempt from these requirements as they are not a business that must close. However they must still follow their current Premises Licence hours and conditions. 

A copy of the full Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 can be obtained from GOV.UK: legislation

Keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.

By law, the following activities are licensable:

  • selling alcohol by retail
  • if you’re a qualifying club, supplying alcohol to a club member, or to sell alcohol to a guest of a club member
  • providing regulated entertainment
  • selling late night refreshment - selling hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am for consumption on or off the premises (including take-aways and mobile caterers) unless you’re a hotel, staff canteen or campsite

Licensable activities may only be carried on under, and in accordance with, one of the following:

  • premises licence
  • club premises certificate
  • temporary event notice

All premises where alcohol is supplied under the authority of a premises licence requires a Designated Premises Supervisor – such individuals must have a Personal Licence. Exceptionally, it can be provided by a committee for certain types of premises eg. village halls, community centres.

Our licensing authority officers carry out risk-based, unannounced inspections of all licensed premises throughout the year.

If you’re concerned about a licensed premises, please contact us.

More information

Home Office's mandatory code for alcohol retailers