The plan had originally been to hold pubs to the same conditions that apply to nightclubs. This would have forced pubs to spend heavily on new fire exits and instate strict customer capacity limits.
The Bar Entertainment & Dance Association will campaign against the decision to let pubs off the hook. The Government’s bill will be included in next month’s Queen’s Speech. It is expected to receive royal assent by next summer.
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