People who buy food and drink from hospitality businesses in Kirklees will be able to use pop up dining spaces, according to Kirklees council.

The move comes as non essential shops, bars and restaurants opened their doors in the latest step in the roadmap out of lockdown.

Hospitality businesses are allowed to sell food and drink, but are restricted to out door dining. To support businesses Kirklees council have set up pop up dining spaces where people can bring food or drink brought at takeaways or restaurants to enjoy in a socially distanced way.

The pop ups will be covered under marquees and initially appear on McCauley Street, New Street and King Street from Friday April 16th. If you buy food or a soft drink from local business you can bring it to the pop up to eat. You’ll be shown to a table where you can enjoy your meal in a fully COVID safe environment.

Under current restrictions no alcohol can be brought into these marquees.
According to government guidelines table service is required where alcohol is being served. Where a business using a space to serve alcohol, people will have to be seated so the business can bring their order to them.

COVID safety measures will be in place including hand sanitisation, social distancing and wearing masks when not seated. Toilets and baby changing facilities will be available on site for customers and other visitors.

“We know that local businesses have struggled over the last year and we want to make sure that we do everything we can to welcome back people into our town centres safely. As we make our way through the governments roadmap, we will need to help local businesses recover,” said David Shepherd, Strategic Director for Growth & Regeneration. “The measures we have put in place will go some way to both reassuring people that it is safe to return and removing some of the barriers that the Yorkshire climate brings to socialising outdoors. Our hospitality areas will be popping up in other towns over the coming weeks so be sure to keep an eye on our website for the latest information.“

The pop ups are part of the Council’s efforts to support local businesses over coming months. They are running a multi media campaign featuring businesses from across the area to highlight the fantastic services local firms offer.

Advertisements are appearing outdoor, on radio, streaming services, social media and search engines. For the first time the council is also looking to engage social media influencers to reach a younger audience.

The campaign which is funded through the Reopening High Street Safely Fund, part of the European Development Regional Fund will last for a month starting on 12 April.