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Game on: ‘A question I have been asked a lot is whether gaming machines are allowed on licensed premises following the updated Covid-19 rules and guidance’ (Image: d1sk/Getty Images)

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Level-up: key requirements for pub gaming machines

By Poppleston Allen

As we enter a new period of trading, it is worth brushing up on some of the key requirements for gaming machines in licensed venues in England and Wales.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In podcast episode 25

The Lock In Podcast

The Lock In Podcast: In, out, shake it all about

By Ed Bedington

With reopening just days away, the Lock In team get to grips with the challenges operators will be facing when it comes to opening up indoors under restrictions. We get extra input from special guests Andy Grimsey from Poppleston Allen, who shares insight...

Mixed bag: ‘there are some councils who are motivated to assist and there are some who are culturally incapable of decision making’ (Image:wildpixel/Getty Images)

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Red Lion or red tape?

By Poppleston Allen

I write this article as Monday 17 May approaches, the light in the tunnel becomes brighter, and the journey towards ‘normality’, pot of gold of staycationers with savings and pub envy, a long, hot summer and the Euros await.

Government permitting: as part of a four stage plan, pubs can trade outdoors from April (credit: Getty/ GZeroOne)

What are the rules around outside trading?

By Nikkie Thatcher

With pubs being able to reopen for outdoor trading only as of 12 April, The Morning Advertiser takes a look at the rules around external structures and pavement licences.

Furloughed employees should be encouraged to undertake training

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Preparing for re-opening – staff refresher training

By Poppleston Allen

Re-opening may be some time off, however, now is the perfect time to think about preparing some refresher training for all your staff to undertake on their return behind the bar to get ahead of the game and reduce any threat of enforcement.

Do pubs, bars and restaurants have a role to play in helping to re-invigorate the high street and to take advantage of units that are closed?

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Legal Q&A: post-lockdown licensing and opportunities for pubs

By James Anderson, Poppleston Allen

James Anderson from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen discusses what role pubs could play on post-lockdown high streets and where opportunities exist for operators once restrictions are lifted.

'Welcome move': 'It is refreshing to see those authorities who have gone on the front foot and recognised and acknowledged the impact of Covid within their policy reviews'

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The future of Cumulative Impact Policies in a post-pandemic world

By Clare Eames, Poppleston Allen

During 2020 a number of licensing authorities found themselves facing their five-yearly statutory duty to review their licensing policy, and consequently any associated Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP).

Brighter uplands: 'the legal landscape, in licensing terms, will be different, both in substance and in form, once we are through this pandemic'

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How could Covid-19 change the on-trade's legal landscape?

By Andy Grimsey, Poppleston Allen

In previous years it has been customary for our first article of the new year to look forward to the year come, and make observations about possible legal changes for the hospitality industry in the coming months.

Play on? 'there are options for wet-led pubs and bars to rely upon entertainment rather than food to remain open'

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If music be the food of love, play on

By Poppleston Allen

There has recently been much discussion - some serious and some tongue in cheek - about the merits of eating a scotch egg as a midday or main evening table meal, and if one Scotch egg isn’t enough to constitute it being the main meal would two suffice?...

Bleeding money: 'the Home Office must recognise that the levy no longer applies when much of the sector is still closed and those that are open cannot do so after 10pm in England, or at all in Wales currently,' a spokesperson said

Trade bodies demand late-night levy freeze

By Stuart Stone

UKHospitality (UKH), the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) have written to the Government demanding a reprieve for venues still required to pay the late-night levy.

Operator view: 'the badly operated businesses won’t suddenly become sensible operators until 10pm every day'

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'Guests as safe at 11pm as as at noon'

By Cheryl Hickman, the Bull at Barton Mills, Suffolk

We have been following all of the guidance to keep our team and customers safe from the beginning. We’ve faced abuse from people who think it’s all a load or rubbish and had to turn people away that refused to give details - not by law, by choice.

Insolvency impact: whether a business is being wound up for good or insolvency is part of a re-structuring or rescue package, premises licences implications must be addressed

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Insolvency and your premises licence

By Poppleston Allen

Sadly there are more hospitality businesses becoming insolvent due to the impact of Covid-19.

State aid: the Government is supporting outdoor dining as part of its effort to help the economy bounce back from coronavirus

Red tape slashed to simplify outdoor service for pubs

By Nikkie Thatcher

The Government has introduced simpler licensing processes for outdoor seating for pubs in a bid to make it easier for people to safely eat and drink outside and in turn, help operators bounce back from the coronavirus lockdown amid reopening.

Legal Q&A: solicitors from Poppleston Allen answer your questions regarding licence and permit renewal and the potential drawbacks of a CVA

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Legal Q&A: Licence and permit renewal, the pitfalls of a CVA

By Poppleston Allen

In the latest Legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen, we take a closer look at licence and permit renewal as well as the potential drawbacks of a company voluntary arrangement.

Be safe, not sorry: pavement licenses are still in effect so review yours now

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The checklist to help you stay legitimate post-lockdown

By Poppleston Allen

At the time of writing (1 June), we are still awaiting both relaxation of the lockdown regulations and guidance for the hospitality sector from the Government on reopening and, until then, we are all still flailing around in the darkness.

Breathing room: what difference could adopting WHO’s one-metre social distancing guidance make to the UK’s pubs after lockdown ends?

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Scaled down social distancing ‘might just save’ pubs

By Stuart Stone

While Brits were doing their best to enjoy a VE Day bank holiday weekend in lockdown, Denmark cut social distancing from two metres to one metre in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance. Could a similar step help UK pubs when the time comes...

Handy idea: take advantage of the time available to renovate your site

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Legal Q&A: limit to flexible hours and refurbishment proposals

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers the rules around late-night refreshments and refurbishment proposals during Covid-19 lockdown.

Surreal scenario: online meetings can be difficult and time consuming

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Top tips: thoughts on Covid-19

By Poppleston Allen

It is difficult to even think of ‘tips’ let alone ‘top’ ones in a world that is now completely tip-less.

28 days later: death or insolvency ends the licence

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Top tips: don’t let your premises licence lapse

By Poppleston Allen

A premises licence is a precious asset – lose it and not only will you lose precious trade in the intervening period but you have no guarantee that an application for a new licence will be granted with the same hours and conditions.