Operators are being called upon to support #UKGrandOutdoorCafé, a campaign to safely restart the UK hospitality industry by transforming public spaces and streets into al fresco dining spaces whilst adhering to physical distancing.
Led by Alan Lorrimer, founder of live music venues The Piano Works, the campaign proposes that seating on pavements, squares and open spaces outside of restaurants and bars be permitted, and calls on Government to issue a directive to grant local authorities a temporary deregulation to allow tables and chairs outside existing hospitality businesses.
The proposal requests that operators would be allowed the flexibility to extend their current licensing conditions and trading hours, with no additional fees charged and zoning regulations until September.
With selected spaces becoming designated pedestrianized zones, the public can enjoy physically distanced meals and drinks with members of their household safely.
Fundraising for food and drink vouchers is a key component to the campaign, allowing key workers working on the frontline to use the venues. The campaign also asks that strolling musicians be allowed to entertain outside guests.
Several operators have shown their support for #UKGrandOutdoorCafé, including Kiln, Brat, Smoking Goat, St Austell Brewery, Albion and East, The Breakfast Club, Corazon and Poppies, but it will need much further support to become a reality.
Alan Lorrimer, founder of The Piano Works, said: “This initiative aims to safely get people back onto our high streets and into our town and city centres.
“With the Government’s help, we can break down the barriers of nervousness and anxiety slowly. Dining and drinking outside whilst enjoying the great British summer is an exciting and safe place to start on our journey to recovery.”
Visit www.UKGSOC.org to read the full proposal to the Government and register your interest in supporting the #UKGrandOutdoorCafé campaign.