Amateur sports clubs WILL be able to serve drinks outdoors during grassroots games with the Government rethinking due to fears over bar intakes taking a hit
- There were fears that amateur clubs could not serve drinks outside until May 17
- After a Government rethink, terraces are now open for serving during games
- The DCMS spoke with sports governing bodies, such as the ECB, on Thursday
Amateur sports clubs will be allowed to serve drinks outdoors while grassroots games are being played following a Government rethink.
Information circulated this week that ‘clubs cannot provide outdoor hospitality alongside organised outdoor sport’ until at least May 17 in an attempt to prevent thirsty spectators from attending amateur fixtures at a time when they are banned from stadiums.
That news prompted a major backlash from hard-hit grassroots clubs who largely rely on bar intake to stay afloat, especially given that pub beer gardens can open from Monday.
Amateur sports clubs will be allowed to serve drinks outdoors while games are being played
In the wake of the row, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport held meetings with sports governing bodies including the ECB on Thursday morning.
And it was decided that from Monday clubs can open their terraces for drinks while matches are ongoing after all, in news which will be a major relief to amateur clubs across the country.
An ECB spokesperson said: ‘Following constructive conversations with Government we can confirm that clubhouses will be able to open up in line with wider government guidance on outdoor hospitality from Monday whilst cricket is taking place on the field.’
Grassroots clubs rely heavily on bar intake and terraces are now open for drinks (file image)