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.
The call by Westminster Liberal Democrats for Westminster City Council to ban smoking for outside dining and drinking as a condition for licensing additional tables has been picked up by the Local Government Association, been discussed in the House of Lords and resulted in the Planning Minister, Christopher Pincher announcing there will be no outright alfresco dining smoking ban but a compromise which sees restaurants providing outdoor non-smoking and smoking sections.
We’ve today written to Westminster City Council asking for an impact assessment to be carried out to assess the risks to health and social distancing posed by very large numbers returning to the city as we come out of lockdown.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we have ceased all campaigning and are asking our members and supporters to concentrate on non-political efforts to help the community weather this crisis. If you are volunteering, the advice from Westminster City Council is to help out as close to home as possible.
Here is how you can help:
Here is our new Executive Committee for 2020, as elected at our AGM on Tuesday 21st January: