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Supporting the hospitality sector to bounce back

Fri, 20/11/2020

Westminster City Council has approved, in principle, over 40 winter al fresco hospitality schemes that can begin operating safely as soon as national and local guidelines allow from 3rd December.

In order to provide a greater level of certainty for businesses in these challenging times, the winter schemes will be able to operate until 30th April 2021 and cover the whole of the city, including the world-famous West End. The Council is also allowing infra-red heaters and canopies to protect patrons from the worst of the weather, subject to all relevant licensing approvals being secured.

The Council recently asked businesses to work with local residents to bring forward ideas for winter schemes that enjoy community support. Each proposal has been carefully reviewed and decisions have been taken on each. All businesses who are keen to deliver al fresco hospitality safely across the winter months in these agreed areas must ensure all the usual licensing permissions are in place before outdoor trading can recommence, including a built-in consultation with local residents on individual premises’ plans.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Rachael Robathan, said:

“We are working at pace to support the recovery of the West End when the lockdown eases with initiatives like winter al fresco dining and welcoming shoppers and visitors safely back to the City when permitted. We have extra pavement space, temporary bike lanes, social distancing measures and sanitiser throughout the City, so people will be able to come back to Westminster with confidence.”

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Last updated: 23 November 2020