Licensing Standards Special Newsletter - December 2020

Reintroduction and safe management of low level background music and sound in hospitality settings

As of Saturday, 12th December 2020, low-level background music and sound is allowed again in hospitality settings.  This relaxation of restrictions does not include live music in any form (e.g. a singer; band; or Karaoke, etc.). The new guidance also allows television sound to be restored.  The guidance fully explains what is permissible and actions that operators must take prior to the reintroduction and ongoing thereafter, including staff training, and can be accessed here.

Premises licence holders are reminded that premises licence operating plans must allow background music by having “recorded music” (and, where showing sport on TV, “televised sport”) recorded. If a licence does not allow these activities then the licensee cannot implement this relaxation and will need to investigate varying the licence to seek permission from the licensing board.

Legal Advice

The Licensing Standards service does not provide legal advice or opinion and the above information should not be considered such.  Any legal advice or opinion on licensing matters should be obtained from a licensing solicitor.