Supporting Harrogate hospitality businesses to reopen safely, and others across North Yorkshire

When the hospitality industry got the green light to reopen in July following the easing of lockdown restrictions we worked with with businesses so they could use public highway space made a big difference.

Our highways team worked with cafés, bars and pubs to understand the pressures of reopening and to find out how best to support them.

Jim Mossman, co-founder of the Cold Bath Brewing Co and representative of Harrogate BID, said: “I’m delighted to say that we are engaged on behalf of the BID with NYCC. We are looking at how we can move forward with pedestrianised zones compatible for food and drink businesses. We want to create a cosmopolitan and European-style zone where we can affect our trade and be transformational in terms of saving jobs and businesses.”

Michael Baravelli, general manager at Gino D'Acampo, is looking forward to welcoming customers through the doors during the important summer season. He said: “We are working alongside North Yorkshire County Council with the idea and suggestion of putting extra seating outside to give us more street presence. In these summer days it will help us immensely.”

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said: “We are very

sympathetic to the needs of hospitality businesses and recognise the importance of an industry that employs thousands of people and adds more than £920m annually to the county’s economy.

“We will do everything we can to support businesses seeking to use some of the public highway to facilitate trade at a very difficult time. We want to work with borough and district councils, Business Improvement Districts, chambers of trade and individual businesses to consider the most appropriate use of the highway to support social distancing.”