The London government is brewing a fascinating plan which will turn the West London into an outdoor dining district. Reports suggest the brilliant idea will be served as soon as the city’s hospitality sector re-opens for tourists on July 4th.
According to Evening Standard, the measure is being taken in order to prevent the outburst of tourists in the West end of the city’s pubs, bars, and restaurants from over-crowding resulting flouted social distancing. The result? All the culinary businesses will be allowed to use the pavements, parkings, and even rooftops to set up seating arrangements for visitors without a license.
Venues in popular districts like Soho, Mayfair, Paddington, Chinatown, Covent Garden among others will be allowed to use the adjoining pavements for dining and even some of the roads, under the Westminster city council’s radical plan unveiled on Friday.
According to the legislation, restaurants, pubs, and bars will be allowed to temporarily turn car parks, rooftops into seating and dining areas, without having to apply for a license. Other UK-cities including Birmingham, Liverpool, and Manchester will reportedly follow suit. The plan will stay in effect all summer.
The unprecedented move will go to an extension to block the traffic in busy regions like Old Compton and Dean Streets in Soho, Maiden and St Martin’s Lane in Covent Garden, and allow the region’s hospitality to start functioning, in the scheduled opening of July 4 (which could change, however), ES reports.
The move is being charged bunder the efforts to keep a check on the four-meter social distancing guidelines, which will be apparently difficult to maintain indoors. According to Lonely Planet, people will be able to enter indoors only for using the washrooms.
Leader of Westminster city council, Rachael Robathan said: “The West End is a unique global draw, and I am confident we can give it and our other famous locations a continental sheen that visitors, residents and regulars alike will enjoy.”
“It’s a nice idea and it will encourage some people back out to bars, cafes and restaurants but it’s a token local response and no substitute for what we really need – an immediate and national relaxation of the 2m distancing rule so we can all start to get back to normal,” a founder of hospitality union and owner of a street food operator told Evening Standard, about the el fresco dining move.
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