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North Somerset outdoor dining areas get ready to open

9:18am - 22 July 2020

High street locations across North Somerset have been transformed into ‘continental-style’ dining as a new outdoor seating scheme gets ready to open.

As part of North Somerset’s reopening plan, the outdoor seating scheme will offer public seating to support local businesses, with free tables and chairs, spread out across different areas. It's planned that this will be complemented by a cultural programme of events, which will follow later in the summer.

The new outdoor eating areas include:

  • Weston-super-Mare - Italian Gardens - opening Thursday 23 July
  • Clevedon - Queen's Square - Friday 24 July
  • Portishead - The Precinct - Monday 27 July

Cllr Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Business, Economy and Employment at North Somerset Council, said: "The hospitality sector is vital to Weston’s economy and they, with our many other attractions, are the reason people come to enjoy our wonderful town.”

These are challenging times for restaurants and cafes. The new eating and drinking areas will support local businesses and offer safe, quality, socially distanced eating and drinking spaces with a more continental feel.”

REM, the nationally recognised company that runs Weston’s Air Festival, have been awarded the tender to run the outdoor seating scheme."

The council has also put in place measures to create safe shopping spaces for owners and customers to allow retail businesses to safely welcome customers back within the new distancing rules. Changes have included cordoning off parking spaces to allow effective social distancing with barriers that will be used temporarily during the pandemic.