COVID update - 6 April 2021
Note for local retailers
When shops are able to reopen from 12 April (at the earliest), they will have the flexibility to open until 10pm, Monday to Saturday, irrespective of planning restrictions. These hours are expected to remain in place until 21 June 2021, after which shops must return to their previous opening hours. This will help to spread footfall, ease transport pressures and make shopping in a socially distanced way easier. In addition, food retailers may make deliveries at any time until 21 June 2021.
Note for local pubs and restaurants
Pubs and restaurants may erect marquees and seating outside to help increase the seating capacity in a Covid-secure way without planning permission. This should be on their own land or with the additional agreement of the landowner and is up until 21 June 2021.
Note for developers/construction industry
The government is extending flexible working hours on construction sites up until 30 September 2021 to assist with social distancing on sites. The government advises that work on construction sites up to 9pm, Monday - Saturday, will generally be permitted. Requests, or extensions to previously agreed extended hours, should be made to email@example.com. For the avoidance of doubt, if you were granted an extension to your working hours last year but want to continue working extended beyond April, you must submit a new request.
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