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Licensing Act 2003 overview

COVID-19 Update September 2020

The government have announced several recent changes that affect the hospitality industry. We appreciate that some changes may be confusing at a time that is extremely difficult to manage the business. We have noted some of the recent changes and included links to the relevant further information to assist you. These are now mandatory requirements and covered by regulations.

Please see these changes announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September 2020.

The premises must be Covid Secure and have an appropriate risk assessment that determines this. Please refer to the latest government guidance for restaurants, bars and takeaway services which can be found online. This document will be updated when required.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police are urging local businesses to continue to operate responsibly as we continue through the busy summer season.

The council is starting to become aware of, and receive applications for, events taking place at locations across Wiltshire with live bands performing. 

The council is working with businesses to offer advice and guidance so that they can safely welcome people back to their venues in a COVID-secure way. However, it is important that owners take responsible steps to avoid entertainment that will encourage people to forget social distancing measures, to help keep transmission of the virus low across Wiltshire.  

The council and government do have powers to prohibit events if they have concerns about the possible impact on public safety but this would be a last resort. We hope by encouraging responsible behaviour, business owners and venues will consider the wider implications that live music events could have. These events, even if designed to be held in a socially distanced way will inevitably lead to people singing and dancing and mixing with others outside of their household. We continue to see outbreaks of the virus across the country and the threat of local lockdown remains a very real possibility, as we have seen in other areas.
We want people to enjoy meeting family and friends and enjoying a day out to support their local businesses but it is vital we continue to observe the social distancing measures that are still in place.
For advice and guidance you can contact publicprotectionwest@wiltshire.gov.uk

Guidance for organising an event during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large effect on the events industry. Wiltshire Council is committed to supporting event organisers, but only where events are planned safely in line with the latest Regulations and Government Guidance.

When planning an event, you should make sure that you follow the latest Government Guidance and can provide a suitable and sufficient risk assessment to be able to determine your event as COVID-19 secure. Please bear in mind that national and local guidance may change, which means it may be necessary to amend, cancel or reschedule your event at very short notice.

The Council, Wiltshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be monitoring events for compliance and taking appropriate action if events are not complying to the correct guidance.

Depending on the scale of the event, you may still be required to submit your event management plan to the Event Safety Advisory Group (ESAG) for consideration and advice.

COVID-19 risk assessment check list

To help you create a  risk assessment, please see the following check list.

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Licences available under the Licensing Act 2003

Statement of Licensing Policy

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