The Government put in place a lockdown in England to address the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. This measure had the potential to impact Pubs Code regulated activity across England and Wales. The Declaration, signed up to by all regulated pub companies which ran from 05 November to 02 December 2020, served to preserve some key Pubs Code rights during this period of lockdown.
The ending of the Declaration returns the usual timescales for key Pubs Code timetables across England and Wales and will mean that all tenants and regulated pub companies are clear about Pubs Code duties. The impacts of COVID-related restrictions are likely to vary across regions and nations. The individual circumstances can continue to be considered in the context of the particular case involving Pubs Code obligations.
This Declaration was on identical terms to and has the same effect as that agreed by pub-owning businesses and was in place between March and June 2020 during the first national lockdown.