Council to allow extra outdoor seating when cafes and pubs begin to open

Cornwall Council are to ease planning restrictions to allow extra outdoor seating for pubs, cafes and other business from the middle of July, when none essential business is allowed to reopen, and for the remainder of 2020.

The new rules are part of the council’s Covid-19 recovery strategy and are designed to help business recover from lockdown and to serve the public safely. Extra outdoor seating will be allowed unless it poses a risk to public safety and will be reviewed according to the latest government advice regarding lockdown rules.

Rob Nolan, Lib Dem portfolio holder for the Environment and Public Safety said:

“I am really pleased that the Council are thinking ahead on this. An awful lot of businesses have taken a huge financial hit during lockdown and will want to reopen just as soon as they are allowed to do so. Of course, this can only be done if it is safe to do so. Relaxing rules on outdoor seating will help business to serve the public whilst keeping them as safe as it is possible to do so.”

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