Yesterday evening, Your Eastbourne BID met with Eastbourne Borough Council licensing department to discuss the tier 2 restrictions, and raise questions that had been sent to us.
We have attached our notes below. It includes how licensing will support businesses, questions on substantial meals, household bookings and other queries.
5pm 1st December 2020
Does everyone need to order food at the table?
• Yes. Everyone needs to be eating at the table to be served alcohol
Same Household – Limited Numbers?
• For seating indoors, everyone should be from the same household
• There isn’t a limit to the numbers of people who can sit at that table if they are
from the same household, but you should use your common sense.
• For example, unlikely that 7 adult males would all live together
How should businesses check everyone is from the same household?
• Premises need to ask the question – at booking or when arriving. If they are not,
they should be turned away.
• Businesses need to do everything they can to show they are doing what they can.
If public are becoming problematic – let EBC know as they can support in terms
of education or COVID officers/marshals
What are the rules in terms of weddings funerals and wakes?
• Different in terms of numbers allowed, but expect similar restaurant style
Can someone book a table as a ‘work event’?
• EBC would strongly urge businesses air on the side of caution. Calling something
a work event does not allow people to have a Christmas party!
• Unlikely work event would take place in evening under COVID regulations +
everyone is asked to work from home if they can.
• Govt. regulations do not want households to mix.
• It’s also about premises reputation
Can music/live music be played in venues?
• Not in restaurants/pubs
• Previous legislation had a DB limit.
• Music should be background and incidental. Not allowing raised voices or
• DJ could be considered more excessive than background music
• Awaiting further guidance on this
• There is specific guidance for theatres
What further support from Council/Government?
• Tim Whelan stated that Govt. do not give prior warning when new
grants/support packages are available.
• Are aware of Government announcement of support for Wet Venues – but
details haven’t yet come
• Open Support Scheme was for businesses in tier 2, not yet clear if this will be
extended under the current tiers. Awaiting Government guidance
• There is a discretionary fund available, but it has to last a whole year and at
present only for those without a rateable value. At present, EBC are accepting
applications. However, EBC have committed to also revisit their policy after
December to see if further support can be given to hospitality sector as
recognise current packages from Govt insufficient in comparison to losses.
How will this be enforced?
• EBC are working with other authorities across the region and taking part with
liaison group across East and West Sussex
• Understand that majority of businesses are trying their best to comply.
• Licensing patrols will support and advice. Enforcement is their last approach.
• They will have COVID marshals and officers in line with central Govt funding to
provide this assistance as well
Please let us know if you have any questions or queries you would like us to raise
with the licensing team on your behalf. Email firstname.lastname@example.org