Re-opening of Town Centres and the High Street

As restrictions begin to be lifted and pubs, bars and restaurants begin to open their doors, there is a great deal that operators need to take into consideration when opening. We want to help you to navigate your way through this as best we can.

Key to this finding ways in which we can simplify the process, allowing you to provide outside space for the consumption of food and drink, whilst still ensuring that you comply with the COVID-19 secure guidelines

Below you will find links to key information on:

  • How restaurants, pubs and takeaways can keep workers and customers safe during COVID-19.
  • The new fast track pavement licence.
  • Information on protecting pedestrian queues.
  • The NHS COVID-19 App for track and trace.

We are committed to revitalising our town centres and the high street as lockdown measures are lifted.

Government guidance

Guidance has now been published on keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, bars and takeaway services. Please familiarise yourself with this guidance and conduct your risk assessments with it in mind.

You should always ensure your business complies with the current COVID-secure guidelines.

Pavement Licence

You can now apply for a Pavement Licence at no cost, to place tables, chairs and other items on the public highway. Visit our Pavement licence application page for more information and to download the application form.

Counter terrorism

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) have also published guidance on protecting pedestrian queues from vehicles as attack weapons.


Please see the track and trace explainer documents introducing the NHS COVID-19 App and how to create a QR Code Poster for your venue.