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City of London to consider space reallocation for al fresco dining

The City of London Corporation is looking into reallocating some street space to accommodate al fresco dining for the safe reopening of cafés and restaurants.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday (June 23) that bars and restaurants can reopen from July 4th providing they have the safety provisions in place to do so, turning attention to how local establishments can reopen for business in the safest and most cost-effective way.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic all 138 Tables and Chairs Licences in the City were suspended but other options are needing to be explored as lockdown restrictions ease and cafés and restaurants prepare to get back to work.

The City of London Corporation’s Planning and Transportation Committee agreed yesterday to delivering a bespoke approach to trading whilst maintain social distancing rules.

Five principles form part of the deal that will enable the reinstating of licences on a case by case basis:

  • To put safety first
  • To recognise the need to nurture a thriving economy in the City
  • No privatisation of public space
  • Having regard to space required to queue outside premises
  • Having regard to new or existing public seating nearby

Alastair Moss, Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said:

“We know the resumption of outdoor dining will be a welcome shift, but it is vital that the return of social spaces continues to be safe for all workers, residents and visitors to the City.

“These plans will be kept under review as Government legislation and guidance changes.

“We are ready to support the safe, sustainable and gradual return of people to the City, as it again becomes the thriving world-class centre for business.”

Specifics will depend on factors including space available, footfall in the area and the potential of queuing space.

Yesterday’s announcement of reducing social distancing guidelines to 1m means that more premises will be able to meet the criteria.

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