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Coronavirus: a helping hand for businesses

This page contains information for Westminster businesses as the city begins to reopen.

Published on: 23 February 2021

Last updated: 16 May 2021

Guidance on indoor and outdoor dining from May 17

With indoor hospitality is expected to reopen from 17 May, venues with indoor or outdoor dining can provide services to customers. As venues will need to follow social distancing measures both indoor and outdoor, Westminster City Council has extended its Westminster City Council temporary measures to enable al fresco hospitality across Westminster until 30 September 2021 to allow venues to meet capacity demands.

Following the success of the scheme last year, and the overwhelming support it received from residents and businesses, the return of temporary measures further consolidates the council’s commitment to do all it can to help the economy, whilst always prioritising safety.  

Al fresco dining: apply for a Pavement Licence 


Pavement licences that were issued last year to enable venues to provide al fresco dining expired on 30 April 2021. If you would like to continue to provide al fresco dining, you must submit a new application which will be valid until 30 September 2021.

Applications will take up to 14 days to process and will cost £100 per application.

Apply for a pavement licence

Those venues who cannot operate until 21 June when certain entertainment venues are expected to reopen, please view our business support services.

The council will do everything it can to support businesses to re-open safely. Given the need to keep access for emergency vehicles open and to accommodate residents and other businesses, we are unlikely to be able to have additional road closures or new pavement extensions at this time.  

Guide for businesses on al fresco hospitality

Advice for the hospitality sector on outdoor dining (updated April 2021)