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Reopening Westminster’s hospitality sector

The hospitality industry is the lifeblood of Westminster’s economy. The pandemic and resulting lockdown have meant that many of our businesses in this sector will be some of the last to reopen. The road back to trading profitably began when restrictions were eased on 4 July 2020. Westminster City Council is working with local businesses to develop plans and guidance that will help reopen Westminster's famous hospitality sector.

Guidance for businesses

We've issued guidance to help pubs, bars and restaurants open successfully and safely, including advice on street furniture and licensing:

Advice for the hospitality sector on outdoor dining (PDF, 746KB)

Our plans for Reopening Westminster’s hospitality sector

We have published our updated plans on 26 June 2020 that take in to account all the feedback we have had to date. Some schemes have been added and others removed in response to the direct feedback we have received and we are grateful for the time that people have taken to engage with us. It’s vital we continue to work together to help the hospitality sector – the biggest and most vibrant in the country – to reopen safely from July.

Our updated plans: Reopening Westminster’s hospitality sector (PDF, 1.4MB)

Read a letter from the Leader of the Council (PDF, 157KB) to local partners to thank them for their involvement in developing our plans to support the safe reopening of the hospitality sector and the approach we have taken.

The plans cover:

  • details about which streets and areas are affected
  • how we’re putting residents at the heart of our plans
  • social distancing measures
  • impact on waste collections
  • timed road closures
  • offering more tables and chairs outside
  • marshalling and social distancing

Last updated: 6 August 2020