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Winter Covid-19 restrictions in the West End

Following the return of the tiered system announced at the beginning of the month, and the subsequent bi-monthly review from the Government, London will be placed into Tier 3 (Very High Alert) and government reviews will now be conducted weekly from Wednesday onwards, with the next review on 23 December. As a result, restrictions have been tightened and all businesses across our villages will need to understand and comply fully with the guidance given by Government.

This means that retail other than shops situated inside closed premises that cannot be accessed directly from the street will be able to remain open. However, all hospitality businesses will have to close to the public except for takeaway, delivery and click and collect services. The appropriate signage and social distancing guidance will remain in place across all villages, as well as hand sanitation points at key locations. People are still encouraged to work from home when possible, and cycle or walk when travelling, using the free bike parking hubs in Seven Dials and Carnaby. Changes will come into effect from 00.01 on Wednesday morning.

Shaftesbury remains committed to supporting its occupiers throughout this exceptionally difficult period and will continue our close collaboration with local authorities and other West End stakeholders to enable a safe and Covid-secure return for workers and visitors in the New Year. It has been heartening in the last two weeks to seeing visitors return to our villages and hospitality venues, enjoying freedoms in a Covid-secure manner. Hospitality and retail have a vital role in the West End and we have been delighted to see businesses across our villages open and busy.

Whilst we share the disappointment of the closure of hospitality over the coming weeks, we look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors in the New Year, after a challenging 2020. We will remain committed to helping the West End return to prosperity in 2021.

Brian Bickell

Chief Executive