Town Quay closes to traffic in bid to encourage al fresco dining
THE Town Quay is being reclaimed from traffic this weekend in an experiment to encourage al fresco dining and help the hospitality sector, which has been badly hit by the pandemic.
Measures to deal with Covid-19 have affected restaurants and cafes and there are fears that social distancing regulations could kill the atmosphere of a lunch or night out.
Some deputies are keen that some of the benefits of lockdown, such as quieter streets and more walking and cycling, are allowed to continue to flourish as the island eases out of lockdown.
The chairman of the CCA, Deputy Gavin St Pier, revealed that pavement dining could become one of the consequences of the post-Covid era.
‘To help the hospitality trade with al fresco seating during this fantastic summer weather, in a pilot this weekend, the Quay will be closed from 10am.
‘Consideration is also going to be given to doing this in the evenings as well and further information will follow on that in due course.’
Church Square and the Lower Pollet are also being closed to traffic, but the intention behind this is to make it easier for shoppers to abide with social distancing.
These bottleneck areas where pedestrians usually have to dodge cars will be given over to people.
‘To help pedestrians more easily maintain a good two-metre uncontrolled social distance whilst walking around Town, it is necessary to close Church Square and the Lower Pollet.’
The Quay, Lower Pollet and Church Square are shut from 10am today until 7am Monday.
Fountain Street is currently one-way down, with diversions in place.
Blue Badge bays and a temporary taxi rank will be put in place at South Esplanade (by the Albany) to replace the bays normally available in Town Church Square.