New licensing regulations for England and Wales have extended automatic off licence flexibility until September 2022, and increased the annual Temporary Event Notice allowance from 15 to 20 for 2022 and 2023.

Welcoming the regulations to further assist the hospitality sector as it recovers from the pandemic, Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality said there “positive news for businesses”.

She said: “UKHospitality has pushed hard for these extensions so we are grateful that the Home Office has listened and acted. All and any support for the sector will be vital on the long road to recovery and these measures mean businesses can continue to be flexible with how they operate and utilise additional opportunities of generating valuable revenue.”

Temporary Event Notices will allow venues to hold one-off events or celebrations, boosting the number permitted, and increasing the number of money-making opportunities.

UKH urged the government to go further and reduce licensing conditions on door supervisors given the current labour shortage.