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Licensing Act 2003 overview

COVID-19 Information

England moves to national lockdown

Following the Prime Minister's announcement, from 00:01 on Wednesday 6 January 2021, England has entered a national lockdown. 

The government guidance is set out here GOV.UK: national lockdown .  The amended Regulations can be found online

A brief summary of the key changes are as follows:

  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through.
  • Selling alcohol for takeaway is not permitted.
  • All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • The expiration date of the Regulations has been amended from 2 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.


Wiltshire, like the rest of the country, is currently restricted by the national COVID 19 lockdown regulations, and infection rates in the county have risen steeply.

At Wiltshire Council, we would like to support and encourage events to take place in the county when the time is right. However, we are unable to offer any assurances that this will be likely over the coming months.

We recognise that planning any event takes a significant amount of organising and expenditure to ensure it takes place safely and successfully. However, at present we have no clear direction from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). Therefore, along with our partner agencies, we are not able to offer any clear guidance on the expectations and necessary control measures or restrictions needed at public events to ensure they are COVID-safe once the lockdown is lifted. We are still not clear on whether Wiltshire would return to tiered arrangements after lockdown and if so, what tier we would be in. 

We know how important the exciting variety and diversity of events that usually take place across Wiltshire are to both the wellbeing of attendees and to businesses. However, our current priority must be the safety of our communities, so we cannot currently offer any assurances or support and confirm any events planned for 2021. Hopefully this may change during the year once the infection rates reduce, and we will update you with more information when we have it.


Licensing Act 2003 overview

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