Coronavirus has stopped the whole world, including London, for three months.

In order for hospitality businesses to continue to trade whilst social distancing measures remain in place, Westminster has made an unprecedented and radical move. Many roads in Soho, Covent Garden, Marylebone, Mayfair, Oxford Street, and other areas will be closed to traffic.

This will create the space needed for restaurants, cafes, and similar businesses to put tables and chairs outside.

It is expected that the temporary road closures and other measures will be in place for at least three months through the peak summer season.

“The West End is a unique global draw, and I am confident we can give it and our other famous locations a continental sheen that visitors, residents, and regulars alike will enjoy,” Rachael Robathan of Westminster City Council said.

The closures will affect around 50 streets in the West End.

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