Enjoy outdoor socialising - but be aware of others!

With lockdown restrictions easing and the opportunity for more socialising outside, people are being encouraged to enjoy themselves, but avoid disturbing neighbours living nearby.

Cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and other hospitality venues can reopen outdoor areas from Monday 12 April, enabling people to enjoy a long-awaited drink or meal outside with family or friends.

Some premises are also erecting outdoor shelters and marquees and these need to have at least half of the area of their walls open at all times, to comply with restrictions.

Shops will also be reopening from 12 April and they will be able to open for longer to support the safe return to the high street for shoppers. 

Hospitality venues and shops across the city have been working hard and putting extra measures in place to ensure they reopen safely for staff and customers. 

And council staff have been working with business leaders and licensees to provide guidance on the regulations as the economy reopens.

Please be respectful of people living nearby

With more people already socialising in parks, seafront lawns, beaches and other open areas, the message to people is have a good time – but please be respectful of people living and working nearby by keeping noise down.

As well as keeping a safe physical distance within your own small groups, please be aware of other people and give space to them too.

Please also avoid leaving litter. We have put around 70 additional bins on the seafront, but if bins are full please find an alternative bin or take rubbish home.

Covid has not gone away and it's more important than ever to act safely and prevent the spread of infection so that we can return to a life without Covid restrictions in the future.

So please follow the government regulations on gatherings, provide contact details for NHS track and trace at hospitality venues, and wear face coverings in shops. It is important to do this even if you have had the vaccination.  

Further advice

If you would like Covid safety information for your business, email Covid.Information@brighton-hove.gov.uk

You can also email this address if you are concerned that a business is not following current government guidelines and is a risk to public health.

If you have an enquiry about licensing, you can email EHL.Safety@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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