Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is keen to support our local businesses in the hospitality sector in preparation for easing of the COVID lockdown restrictions.
A spokesperson said: “COVID regulations place restrictions on businesses in relation to social distancing and we are aware that some businesses may wish to consider increasing the amount of seating space they have outdoors.
“The Licensing of Pavement Cafés legislation normally requires business owners to have a pavement cafe licence permitting them to place tables and chairs on a public footpath.
“In order to provide every assistance to our business community during the recovery phase of the Coronavirus pandemic, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has made a decision to temporarily relax controls in relation pavement café licence requirements.
“Council are working closely with our colleagues in DfI to help businesses, ensuring that any new pavement café areas being set up are safe in terms of social distancing and that they allow pedestrians enough space to safely use the footpaths to move around our town centres.
“Due to space restrictions some pavements outside premises may simply not be an option, however Council are keen for our businesses to use public spaces within our town centres to facilitate street cafes and additional outdoor seating space.
“If you are considering setting up a pavement café area on a public footpath outside your premises, or in another area within our towns and villages, we would encourage you to make contact with Licensing Team so that we can assist you in developing suitable pavement café proposals.
“Drop us an email or call on the following: E: email@example.com or T: 02825 633 394.”