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28 July 2020   |   Issue 27

Thank you for continuing to support Westminster and the rest of London through this unprecedented time. Please find below the latest information from the City Council on how we are supporting our communities and businesses.

20mph Speed Limit for Westminster

Cleaner, greener and safer streets: We want everyone to enjoy the streets in Westminster safely, as well as make them cleaner and healthier for the community. Last week, Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Rachael Robathan, along with Cllr Andrew Smith, Cabinet Member for Environment & Highways, visited some of the first installations that make up the city-wide rollout of the 20mph speed limit. Signs and notices alerting drivers to the new limits will continue to be installed during the summer, with the new limit being introduced on a street-by-street basis. Click here to find out more about the new limits.

Westminster Reopening

Businesses using outdoor space: The Government has introduced a new pavement licence for placing removable furniture over certain highways next to premises, for the sale or service and consumption of, food and drink. Pavement licences replace Westminster City Council’s existing fast-track table and chairs licences.

Planning permission is not required and businesses that have already applied for a fast-track table and chairs licence will not need to re-apply. The licence will allow businesses to use more of the space outside their premises, helping them to be COVID-19 secure whilst protecting as many hospitality jobs as possible. If you currently have an Alcohol licence without off-sales, you now automatically have an off-sales licence until 11pm. Temporary Events Notices are no longer required. Find out more on these changes here.

If you need more information on reopening safely, we have a range of downloadable assets available to help you promote social distancing and other behaviour to keep the community safe. These can be found at our reopening hub here.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme: Following the Government’s new “Eat Out to Help Out” scheme that offers a discount to diners and encourages them to eat at local restaurants, here’s a reminder of how it all works:
  1. All day, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from Monday 03 to Monday 31 August 2020, a 50% discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person, is offered to diners for food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in,
  2. There is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme.
  3. Customers cannot get a discount for someone who is not eating or drinking. Alcohol and service charges are excluded from the offer.
Businesses need to register for the scheme by 31 August.
 
Every week we publish news and information for businesses in Westminster. See our latest business newsletter for key updates, events and resources and a range of support for your business here.

Community Updates

Eccleston Yards mural: Last week Cllr Robathan and Cllr Matthew Green, Cabinet Member for Business and Planning, visited a newly unveiled mural in Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards. Painted by local artist Fiona Hunter, the ‘Thank You’ mural is a tribute to local key workers and community leaders (pictured above) for their sacrifices during the lockdown period and is now on display amongst the variety of local shops, restaurants, and cafes that have safely reopened in the area.

Find out about what’s on at Eccleston Yards and visit the mural here.
Final week to apply for funding: With just five days left to apply for The City of Westminster Charitable Trust Community Contribution Fund, applications from local voluntary and community organisations, registered charities, social enterprises, schools and not-for-profit companies are welcome.

Grants of up to £25,000 are still available for projects that:
1. Produce innovative ideas on how to reduce rough sleeping in Westminster
2. Tackles social isolation and loneliness across all age groups
3. Help young people to reach their potential to achieve fulfilling careers

Don’t delay and apply for funding today. Visit our website to find out more.
Advice in other languages: Government advice on shielding, staying at home, and what to do if you develop symptoms of coronavirus is available in languages other than English on GOV.UK.
NHS Test and Trace: As our city starts to reopen, NHS Test and Trace will help to reduce the spread of coronavirus and contain and stop outbreaks. It will help the NHS to keep the rate of reproduction – the ‘R’ number – below 1 so that the Council can continue to support the safe reopening of our city. For more information about Test and Trace including how it works and a video explanation, view our new hub.

Our community and engagement team are also offering virtual sessions explaining the latest COVID-19 advice, how NHS Test and Trace works and answering your questions or concerns. These hour long sessions are available to Westminster charities, voluntary and community groups and our faith sector.

If you’re interested in these sessions, please contact community.engagement@westminster.gov.uk

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