PAVEMENT dining and outdoor pint licences will continue for another year in England as part of a government plan to get hospitality back on its feet.
Hospitality has been one of the hardest-hit sectors during Covid but rebounded strongly in recent months.
But the industry is still facing challenges with a sustained staff shortage and the permanent closure of nearly 10,000 licensed premises.
UK Hospitality said pavement licensing was “a real boost” for businesses.
As part of its new strategy for hospitality, the government will also work to highlight vacancies in the industry to jobseekers.
Minister for small business Paul Scully said the government strategy would “explore new options for vocational training and help further boost the creativity and environmental friendliness of the sector”.
The government’s plan will also focus on carbon reduction and working with businesses to reduce waste and plastic consumption.