Bans on how to eat? ?What is next?
Council to ban people from eating fish and chips with their fingers
By Mikey Smith, Joshua Taylor
Liverpool council bosses want to ban people from eating in outdoor seating areas unless it’s served on a plate with cutlery
Council killjoys want to ban chip shop punters from eating with their fingers.
Chiefs at Liverpool City Council came up with the bonkers idea, which has been slammed as “health and safety gone mad” by locals.
But Nick Small, Liverpool council’s enterprise chief said the move was intended to tackle city centre littering.
He told the Liverpool Sunday Echo: “We don’t want people buying chips, eating them outside and then dropping their litter.”
The new rules will apply to city centre businesses with outdoor seating areas – known as pavement cafes.
Any new business bidding for a pavement cafe licence will now be ordered to serve food on plates with cutlery, rather than in paper bags or polystyrene trays.
The move will mainly affect fast food outlets, chippies, kebab houses and takeaways.
Cllr Small said: “We can see the benefits of pavement cafes being there, we just want them to up their standards.
“For any new business with a pavement cafe, we are going to make sure they give out plates and cutlery.”
Asked whether existing businesses will have to follow this new rule, Cllr Small said: “We can’t go back and review licences we have already issued, but we would like all businesses with pavement cafes to start issuing plates and cutlery voluntarily.”
He continued: “The city council’s highways team is currently writing to everyone who has a pavement cafe licence to say ‘make sure standards are where they should be’.
“Some need to be a lot better quality. Some look shabby.
“It’s all well and good for us to provide litter bins, but at the end of the day there is still a lot of packaging we have to clean up because people just drop it in the streets.
“If people have a plate and cutlery, this won’t happen.”
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