Belfast Chamber welcomes progress on pavement cafes

Belfast Chamber has welcomed the announcement by Belfast City Council that it is to begin processing applications for pavement cafe licences from 22 June.

Commenting, Belfast Chamber Chief Executive Simon Hamilton said, “This announcement by Belfast City Council will be warmly welcomed by hospitality businesses across our city.  With social distancing restrictions limiting capacity inside bars, cafes and restaurants, the use of space outside premises will be essential in helping businesses to reopen viably. Belfast Chamber was pleased to work with Belfast City Council to help make this happen and we look forward to seeing lots of hospitality businesses availing of the pavement café licences and not just helping the city’s economy to bounce back from the effects of COVID-19 but also to help transform Belfast into the modern, vibrant city we all aspire with a growing European style café culture that these licences will help to develop”