Pavement licenses allowing al fresco dining in Bath and North East Somerset will be allowed to continue for another year, the council has announced.
Brought in last summer to help pubs, restaurants and cafés working with the social distancing regulations caused by the coronavirus pandemic, traders can apply to renew their license for the coming year or make a new application.
Over the last year, 69 local pubs, bars and eateries offered additional seating to boost trade by setting up tables and chairs outside their premises.
“This lifeline of being able to trade outdoors was very, very welcome and I’m thankful to those at the council who made the process easy and were understanding of our needs as a business.”
Councillor Richard Samuel, deputy leader and cabinet member for resources and economic development at Bath and North East Somerset Council, said: “Businesses are still facing serious challenges and we need to offer as much support as we can to help them recover and flourish.
“Pavement licenses have proved an invaluable lifeline to many hospitality businesses during the pandemic, enabling them to open safely and cater for al fresco eating and drinking.
“I’ve been delighted to see many residents and visitors taking advantage of this, helping contribute to the recovery and vibrancy of our towns and city.”