Local restaurants and cafés urged to go ‘Al Fresco’ this summer

Bars, cafes and restaurants are encouraged to go al fresco as part of wider efforts to help Adur and Worthing bounce back from the COVID pandemic.


From the end of July, the government is set to give Adur & Worthing Councils powers to issue licenses to food and drink outlets that want to put tables and chairs outside their premises.


Despite legislation not yet being passed, the Councils’ public health team has already offered informal advice to dozens of businesses looking to set up outdoors.


The Councils want to drum up even more interest, with those considering the move asked to get in touch without delay. This will support the wider revitalisation of the area’s high streets, maintain access for pedestrians and ensure space is allocated fairly while ensuring social distancing guidelines are followed.


As an incentive, all associated fees will be waived for this year.


Those interested are encouraged to contact [email protected].


Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “Pubs, cafes and restaurants play an extremely important role in our local economy which is why we’re determined to make it as quick, easy and simple as possible for them to serve customers outdoors in this post-lockdown world.”


Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “We know that after three months of lockdown businesses need a helping hand. This is why, despite not officially receiving powers until the end of the month, we are actively encouraging applications from businesses to make use of outdoor space as part of wider plans to revitalise our high streets.


“This will allow us to offer immediate advice and support on where tables and chairs can be placed. But more importantly it will ensure businesses can make the most of the Great British summer while keeping customers and staff safe.”


It comes as the government opened registration to businesses for its Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which allows firms to offer discounts to diners throughout August.


You can use the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme:

  • all day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 31 August 202
  • to offer a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in
  • to claim the money back from the government.


Registration, which will close on 31 August, is available at the following link: www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme


For further advice for businesses on reopening after COVID visit: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-advice/


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