After closing a number of central London streets to traffic and allowing bars and restaurants to use the outdoor table space last summer, Westminster Council is expected to repeat the program this year. As of April 12, the earliest date on which the consumption of alfresco dining and drinks is allowed to resume under lockdown rules, streets in Covent Garden, Soho and Marylebone will be closed and streets in Chinatown, St James’s and Paddington will be enlarged to allow tables and chairs. outside.
The additional space will make it easier for pubs, bars and restaurants to implement social distancing measures when they are allowed to reopen. And this time, the council is looking beyond summer and exploring the “possibility of what a longer term outdoor arrangement might look like.”