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Re-introduction of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions

The announcement by the Government of the re-introduction of lockdown restrictions to address the recent increases in Covid-19 infection rates and hospitalisations, will result in the closure of non-essential retail and all hospitality businesses throughout England from 5 November 2020, for a period of four weeks.

We realise that businesses across the West End have already suffered significant disruption from the extended shutdown earlier this year, with only a gradual recovery of trading in the period after restrictions were initially relaxed, but even this has been affected by recent new pandemic-related measures. Clearly, the loss of revenue resulting from this second lockdown in the important festive period leading up to Christmas and New Year, is going to present further challenges.

Shaftesbury is committed to supporting its occupiers throughout the exceptionally difficult period we all face, and through the return to more-normal patterns of footfall and activity we all hope to see in 2021. We will continue our close collaboration with other West End stakeholders, including neighbouring estates, Business Improvement Districts, and Westminster and Camden Councils, to encourage a return of workers and visitors to the West End as soon as restrictions permit.

Whilst the news of the last few days has been unwelcome, and the mood is not positive, we believe that the West End, one of the world’s great destinations, will weather this unprecedented period; its recovery is not a question of “If” but “When”. Our priority is to support your business until that recovery is firmly established.

Brian Bickell

Chief Executive