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Westminster City Council is considering temporary road closures, widened pavements and fast-tracked applications for outside seating among the measures to help hospitality reopen.
High density areas potentially in line to be affected include Covent Garden, Leicester Square, Soho and Marylebone. Timed street closures and widened pavements would enable the space needed by restaurants to put tables and chairs outside for customers.
Cllr Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, said: “The hospitality sector is vital to Westminster’s economy with more than 3,000 bars and restaurants. They, and our many other attractions, are the reason people fly thousands of miles to enjoy the West End.
“We are doing what we can to support out hospitality business through the vital summer months and into the autumn. The residents’ group we have spoken to have been very supportive as the know this is a temporary measure for the benefit of all of Westminster.”
Whilst no green light has been given yet for pubs and restaurants to reopen, the Government has said that it’s currently on course to allow some businesses to welcome customers on 4th July.