21 July 2020   |   Issue 26 

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

Slow down, save lives: Last week saw the introduction of 20mph speed limits across the whole of Westminster, as part of our ongoing efforts to make our streets not only safer, but greener and cleaner. Signage is going up across the borough to get the message across to all drivers.

Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Rachel Robathan said: “The speed limits are not only an important safety measure, but are one step along a path that shows how we are talking to residents about our determination to make Westminster a greener and cleaner city by 2040.”

The speed limit is being introduced following consultation with residents and businesses last year, with over two-thirds of respondents in support of the proposed scheme.

Read and share more information on the scheme from our road safety webpage here.

Westminster Reopening

Enjoying Westminster’s hospitality: Since Westminster reopened for business a couple of weekends ago, there’s been a very warm welcome across the City from our world-famous hospitality sector. We’ve created temporary extra space at around 60 locations for outdoor seating that thousands of people have already enjoyed.

Antonio Franco, the manager of Harry Morgan’s restaurant in St John’s Wood, has seen a dramatic upswing in business. He says: “The outdoor table and chairs have made a huge difference to our business. Thanks to the Council we are now able to seat up to 40 people outside, and have employed seven new members of staff to help in the restaurant. It’s great to be open and serving our customers again.”
If you are a business and would like to apply for a fast-track licence for outdoor seating, find out more information here.

We are encouraging everyone to plan ahead by booking your trips out in advance and #EnjoySummerSafely.

Read more about how we’re reopening the City here.

Re-opening remaining leisure settings: From Saturday 1 August, the Government will reopen most remaining leisure settings including bowling alleys, ice skating rinks and casinos. Remaining beautician treatments will also be able to resume. Night clubs and soft play areas will remain closed.

Also from 1 August, indoor events with a live audience will be restarted, subject to pilot events going well. From October, gatherings at stadiums, conferences and business events will recommence, also subject to successful trials taking place.

Public transport and workplaces: From Friday last week, anyone may use public transport while continuing to consider alternative means where available. Please visit our reopening hub to find new ways to move safely around the city.

From Saturday 1 August, the Government will update the advice on going to work, giving employers more discretion to make decisions, while consulting closely with employees about how their staff can work safely in line with COVID-secure guidelines.
Addressing local lockdowns: On Saturday 18 July, local authorities were granted new powers in their areas to close premises and outdoor spaces and cancel events in order to contain and manage any outbreaks of coronavirus. In the coming week, the Government is expected to layout draft regulations on how central Government can intervene more effectively at a local level.

For details on our Outbreak Control plan, click here.

Community Updates

Have you had 'A Taste of Westminster'? Last month we launched our amazing free electronic cookbook ‘A Taste of Westminster’ filled with recipes by residents, organisations and local businesses from across Westminster.

The first edition records a range of stories, experiences and recipes that encapsulate the strength and community spirit shown by residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re asking members of the community to join in on the fun by making one of the many dishes in our cookbook. If you’re really impressed with the outcome, why not post it on social media and tag us for the chance to have it featured on our feed?

Stay tuned for an exciting announcement about a COVID-19 style cooking session.

Take a look at the cookbook here.

Community Contribution Fund open for applications: The Community Contribution awards funding to community and voluntary organisations in Westminster and is now open for an extended period of time, closing on Friday 31 July 2020.

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. Tackle social isolation and loneliness across all age groups.
3. Help young people to reach their potential to achieve fulfilling careers.

Alongside local voluntary and community organisations, applications from registered charities, social enterprises, schools and not-for-profit companies are welcome. Find out more and apply here.

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.
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. Last week, we launched a dedicated hub with all the information you will need to know about Test and Trace, including our local Outbreak Plan.

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