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Off sales extended

The government has extended the off-sales easement until September next year.

The move means that premises will be able to continue to sell alcohol for takeaway.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: “This decision to extend the off-sales easement is the right one, and hugely significant. If this had lapsed, it would have caused further problems for many hundreds of hospitality businesses already struggling to survive.

“But persistent lobbying by UKHospitality and others has convinced government that deregulation measures such as this can help businesses, at what is a critical time in their efforts to stay afloat.

“This will benefit those hospitality businesses that have successfully evolved operating models to incorporate takeaway and outdoor sales, and allow them to continue to do so.”

Michael Kill, chief executive officer of the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), said: "The extension of the off-sales easement from the government has come at a key moment within the recovery of the sector, as we move into the summer season.

"This is without a doubt a step forward, but we must also ask government to consider other areas of deregulation and easement which would support a broader range of businesses within the night time economy and hospitality sectors.

"These additional considerations would support the recovery of the sector by removing barriers and streamlining process to encourage investment, growth and jobs.

"We continue to work with Government and key stakeholders to develop these opportunities and further financial reliefs as we transition to new PM and cabinet with a fresh outlook on the situation."


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