Pubs in England and Wales will go al fresco for the summer, as new laws to loosen restrictions on drinking outdoors are unveiled.

CAMRA has welcomed the publication of the Business and Planning Bill making it easier for pubs to use car parks and other outside spaces as beer gardens.

CAMRA national chairman Nik Antona said: “Pub goers and beer and cider drinkers will welcome this announcement which will help make sure pubs, when they reopen, can survive and thrive by making the most of outdoor space for extra al-fresco seating. 

“This will make a huge difference to the viability of our well-loved community pubs which are a vital part of our social fabric, helping to tackle loneliness and social isolation.

“CAMRA will be working to make sure pub goers using outdoor seating at our locals do so safely, responsibly and considerately.

“We are also calling on all local councils to make sure applications to use outside space are dealt ith quickly and don’t come with a huge price tag in terms of application fees. 

“We are also urging the Government to make sure a second wave of financial support is available, especially for pubs that can’t re-open or who will be operating at a massively reduced trade because they don’t have any suitable outside space they can use.”

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