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Coronavirus: NI bars face high fees and long waits for pavement licences


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Owner John Bittles of Bittles Bar, Church Lane Belfast.  Picture: Colm O'Reilly

Owner John Bittles of Bittles Bar, Church Lane Belfast. Picture: Colm O'Reilly

Owner John Bittles of Bittles Bar, Church Lane Belfast. Picture: Colm O'Reilly

Acting communities minister Caral Ni Chuilin is facing growing calls to use her powers to suspend the red tape for outdoor drinking licences.

Putting parts of the law on ice would see many smaller premises or those with limited or no outdoor space granted a pavement cafe licence in time for July 3.

It comes after Belfast City Council decided to start accepting applications for such licences as of tomorrow.