Q: I run a restaurant and have just reopened. A group of customers (six in total) came for a drink on Friday. I allowed them to take a seat outside and sold them six bottles of beer, without any food because they did not want to eat.
I had been under the impression that the relaxation around the sale of alcohol to be drunk outside meant that I could do this.
I have now received a call from my local police licensing officer who told me that I have a condition on my licence that only permits alcohol to be sold with a substantial table meal – which I was aware of – but I thought that I didn’t have to observe such a condition any longer with the off-sales relaxation.
Can you help me?
A: You are still bound by the conditions on your premises licence, even though the Government has generally relaxed off-sales, which means that if you have a licence which only permits on-sales or restricts off-sales to a certain time or means that you are not allowed to sell alcohol in open containers for consumption off the premises, then such a condition is, for the time being, suspended.
However, it does not mean that conditions around the provision of food with alcohol are also suspended, and you must still comply with such conditions.
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