Westminster City Council needs to ensure al-fresco dining can take place on every night of
the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. The gap between national and local government actions
has resulted in a national Government campaign operating Monday to Wednesday and
some of our streets supporting al-fresco dining Wednesday to Sunday. This gap needs to be urgently closed before Eat Out To Help Out ends.
Westminster & City of London Liberal Democrats welcomed the street closures to support
the City’s businesses recovery from lockdown. At the time, we asked the Council to be
bolder in their ambition of closing streets so that businesses had every opportunity to trade and for people to feel safe in uncrowded open-air spaces. While some of the designated streets are closed to traffic seven days a week, others are not.
We now find ourselves with restaurants reporting the Eat Out To Help Out campaign,
operating Monday to Wednesday, has been successful but would be even more so if their
streets were also closed on Monday and Tuesday. There are just nine more trading days of
the national campaign. Westminster City Council needs to urgently extend road closures to
give our restaurants the best chance of recovery.
The vibe created by the road closures has lifted spirits and is giving our hospitality sector a
much-needed boost. Now is the time to capitalise on the effectiveness of EOTHO and close
all designated roads throughout Westminster on the remaining Mondays and Tuesdays in
August. The clock is ticking on this great opportunity and every day of not closing streets
represents a lost opportunity to our beleaguered hospitality sector.