To assist hospitality businesses to safely reopen the Government have passed new legislation which will allow businesses to apply for temporary a Pavement Licence.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the hospitality industry and the aim of the legislation is to support these businesses to get back up and running safely by having more tables and chairs available on the pavement.
The furniture is required to be removable, not a permanent fixed structure, and be able to be moved easily and stored away on an evening.
Cllr Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said: "We would invite all of our businesses in the hospitality sector to take a look at this and see whether it is something that could help them.
"At Middlesbrough Council we are doing all we can to make sure business can survive and continue through Covid-19 and beyond so if this might help your business, please do take the time to consider it."
- To find out more and apply for a license click here -https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-footpaths/roads-and-highways/highway-licences/pavement-licence. Please note, there will be no application fee charged for this licence.