Around 9,000 extra pubs could be set to open their doors next month after the Government changed lockdown rules.
The rule change allows pubs to erect gazebos and marquees, meaning they can serve outside when the rules on lockdown in England update on April 12.
It’s a big boost for the industry as it could allow thousands more pubs to open earlier than originally planned.
The Government says the rule change could allow another 9,000 venues to reopen, reports The Mirror.
The rule states that any venue – even those with listed status – can put up a marquee or temporary structure of any size on their land without planning permission, and keep it up till September.
Side panels will need to be open for ventilation.
It follows earlier news that pubs without a beer garden can put chairs and tables in their car parks.
And venues with pavement access will be able to put out tables and chairs for dining without having to go through the public consultation process that usually takes weeks.
At the same time councils can apply for a share of £56million – a Welcome Back Fund – set aside for food or beer festivals to stimulate hospitality.
The money can be used for facilities such as outdoor seating, street cleaning, graffiti removal and planting.
Housing, Communities and Local Government Minister Robert Jenrick said “We have cut needless red tape to make it easier for pubs and restaurants to set up marquees, making the most of outdoor space and giving more people the chance to enjoy a meal or pint.
“Every pub in the land can now erect a marquee in their garden for the whole summer: A shot in the arm for our wonderful pubs.”
He added: “I am hugely grateful for the spirit and strength that business owners and communities have shown this year.”