CAFES, bars and restaurants in Middlesbrough are being encouraged to consider getting a new licence to allow them to serve customers outdoors.

The Government has passed legislation to allow businesses to apply for a temporary pavement licence to help them reopen safely by allowing them to have more tables and chairs available for customers.

Councillor 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."

Middlesbrough Council is not charging an application fee for the licences, which can be fast tracked and will permit businesses to have furniture on the pavement as long as it is removable, is not a permanent fixed structure, and can be moved easily and stored away on an evening.

To find out more and apply for a licence visit