PAVEMENT LICENSES: Bars & restaurants open for outdoor service
Shops, pubs and hairdressers are reopening across Liverpool, with businesses determined to make up for lost time.
A new phase of lockdown easing has begun, with pubs, restaurants and cafes allowed to reopen albeit for outdoor service only. One worry that’s been raised is the weather and how that might impact customers.
Liverpool City Council launched a £450,000 fund in June to help local small to medium sized businesses redesign outdoor spaces and turn them into high quality, covered seating areas – making up for the internal space they have lost as a result of social distancing restrictions.
The city centre element of the programme is a joint project between the city council, Liverpool BID Company and Liverpool Chamber.
Following the first lockdown last year, the city council issued more than 160 pavement licences to venues across the city, allowing them to reopen their doors to customers once again.
The programme has seen Bold Street closed to traffic across the summer and attractive wooden parklets installed along the road, transforming the area, which has proved to be hugely popular with businesses and visitors. Part of Castle Street has also been temporarily closed to traffic, enabling venues to spill out on to the streets.
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