The guidance regarding table service for hospitality premises and the 10pm curfew across England has now been updated as follows:-
- In both indoor and outdoor licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
- Licensed and unlicensed businesses must also take all reasonable steps to ensure that the customer remains seated whilst consuming the food or drink on the premises.
- Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and food and drink cannot be served after 10pm.
You can find the details here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england#businesses-and-venues-already-permitted-to-reopen
The Government has also announced details of Local Restrictions Report grants of up to £1,500 to be administered by local authorities. However, the eligibility requirements are:
- The business occupies property on which it pays business rates
- The business is in a local lockdown area and has been required to close because of the formal publication of local restrictions guidance that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September. This funding is not retrospective
- The business has been required to close for at least 3 weeks because of the lockdown
- The business has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises
On this basis it would appear that Blackburn town centre businesses are not currently eligible for this funding, therefore Blackburn Council is lobbying the government for support.
You can find more information here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant