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Coronavirus: COVID-19

Reopening Paddington Safely

The Government announced on June 23 that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers were allowed to open as lockdown restrictions are eased. For the full announcement click here. 

Hospitality venues and hotels in Paddington will be able to open there doors if their adhere to strict Government guidelines.

The two-metre social distancing rule is also set to be relaxed. Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, with mitigation to reduce the risk of transmission.

The new guidance sets out a range of measures for pubs and restaurants to become Covid-19 secure, including:

  • requiring use of table service where possible instead of ordering at the bar and assigning a single staff member per table
  • encouraging use of contactless ordering from tables where available, such as through an app
  • discouraging non-essential trips by staff within venues, such as between the kitchen and front of house, by using radios and other electronic devices to communicate
  • encouraging customers to use hand sanitiser or handwashing facilities as they enter the venue
  • providing clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene as people arrive on the premises, with signage and visual aids

For the latest advice for pubs, bars and restaurants released on July 2 click here.

To download social distancing posters designed for pubs, bars and restaurants click here: Poster 1Poster 2, Poster 3, Poster 4, Poster 5.

Westminster have created a new fast track tables and chairs application process to enable businesses to provide outside tables and chairs for up to three months. Click here for more details.

For guidance on close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauticians click here. 

For full Government guidance for opening your business to be Covid-19 secure please click here. 

For the most up-to-date and reliable information, please follow the links below for the latest updates and advice:

Government Updates and Information 

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen from 4 July

Government outlines support for pubs, cafes and restaurants

Government guidance for businesses on reopening of tourism and visitor attractions on July 4

Face coverings mandatory on public transport 

Guidance for Queue Management withSocial Distancing

Government Guidance on Safer Travel on Public Transport 

Prime Minister May 10 Address to Nation

Business Rates Revaluation Postponed – May 6

Claim for wages through Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus – Government Support for Businesses

Small Businesses Boosted by Bounce Back Loans

Coronavirus – Government Support for Self-Employed

March 23 Prime Ministers speech

Government Action Plan – A guide to what you can expect

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others

Coronavirus Action Plan: a Guide to What You Can Expect Across the UK

COVID-19: Latest Government Advice

COVID-19: Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Public Health England: Latest Information on Coronavirus

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hub

Citizens Advice Bureau Westminster

HMRC Business Support Helpline – 0800 024 1222

Coronavirus WhatsApp Information Service:
To use this free service, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.

Fire and Water Safety 

With many businesses now looking at reopening and adapting how they work in terms of social distancing it is crucial fire safety and water management (to avoid Legionnaires) needs are considered along side these changes

Tourism Advice 

VisitLondon – Coronavirus: Latest information and Advice

Metropolitan Police Advice 

Crime Prevention Advice from Metropolitan Police

Take Away (Off Sales) Licensing Advice 


How to help the Paddington Community during COVID-19

Support for Paddington’s Homeless Community during COVID-19

If you are a Paddington BID member and would like to share any concerns please get in touch by emailing askus@paddingtonnow.co.uk

A Letter from the BID Chairman

A Letter from BID Chairman, Will Clayton 

The BID has worked closely with Westminster Council and TfL to make sure Paddington is ready to welcome people back. For more information click the link: Reopening Paddington Safely

PaddingtonNow BID has made every effort to keep BID services operating as normal during the Coronavirus lock down.

First Mile is currently operating as usual, providing collections and a 24/7 customer services line.

The Community Safety Team is operating its usual hours to keep businesses safe and eyes on the ground during these uncertain times.  They patrol the BID area Tuesday-Saturday 12 noon to 10pm.

A detailed, coordinated and collective approach is being taken to represent BIDs to Westminster Council and other advisory bodies.

Looking Good, Feeling Good
Please continue to report graffiti, broken paving stones, illegal dumping etc. to the Operations Manager victoria.dell@paddingtonnow.co.uk

Advice and Support
If you are a Paddington BID member and would like to share any concerns please get in touch by emailing askus@paddingtonnow.co.uk