The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020 have been published. They will be laid before Senedd Cymru today (3 December 2020), and will come into force at 6.00 p.m. on 4 December 2020
The amendments to the principal Regulations will:
- Require bars, cafes, canteens, restaurants and pubs to be closed to customers between 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. (though this restriction is subject to specific exceptions in new regulation 19B, including in relation to holiday or travel accommodation and for wedding or civil partnership receptions booked before these Regulations come into force).
- Prevent any alcohol being sold for consumption, or being consumed, in bars, cafes, canteens, restaurants and public houses (this does not prevent alcohol being sold to residents in holiday or travel accommodation as part room service (subject to requirements in regulation 20), or prevent residents from drinking alcohol in their private rooms).
- Require indoor premises of entertainment venues and visitor attractions to close.
- make consequential, minor or technical amendments, including revoking redundant provisions and amending various enforcement provisions (including to provide that it is an offence to fail, without reasonable excuse, to take measures specified in a premises improvement notice issued under Schedule 3 to the principal Regulations).
The amendments to the functions of local authorities Regulations:
- Provide for the Regulations to expire on 19 February 2020 instead of 8 January 2020, to align with the expiry date of the principal Regulations.
- Require a local authority, when deciding whether to give an event direction, to have regard to whether the event may result in people gathering in contravention of regulation 6 of the principal Regulations and to whether there may be more than 15 people (where the event is indoors) or 30 people (where it is outdoors) attending the event at any one time.
- Put beyond doubt that, despite the expiry of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 3) (Wales) Regulations 2020, penalty notices issued under those Regulations must be taken into account in determining the amount of a fixed penalty notice to be issued under regulation 19 of the functions of local authorities Regulations.
- Permit local authorities to bring proceedings for offences under the Regulations.