Thursday 16 July 2020
Green Party MLA Rachel Woods has welcomed the announcement of details on the modernisation of Northern Ireland’s alcohol licensing laws and is looking forward to engaging in the legislative process.
The North Down MLA said: “I’m pleased that we’ve got a sense of how and when our licensing laws will be modernised - our laws have been in need of reform for many years now.
“The hospitality industry has been severely impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Building back better from the pandemic means widening choice around how people socialise and promoting a safe, accessible night time economy.
“I am encouraged to hear that the Communities Minister will work with the Health Minister to look at how the Executive can help people suffering from alcohol abuse and misuse.
“The hospitality industry will look forward to a time when the modernisation measures come into effect. The industry has suffered huge setbacks in recent months as a result of the pandemic - today had brought better news.”