UK: London residents react as road closed to traffic amid social distancing measures

The road passing by The Green in Winchmore Hill, in the London Borough of Enfield, appeared to be closed to traffic on Saturday, as customers enjoyed a makeshift terrace amid social distancing measures. Metin, a coffee shop owner, explained the owners and residents from the street got together collecting signatures to talk to Enfield Council asking to use the space outside shops for al-fresco dining, as customers were not allowed to go inside. Not everyone was happy with the idea. «They've opened up the sitting area for the customers. I think it's nice for them, but it's causing a lot of congestion on the roads and cars that previously used to park there, now, they all park in here,» a motorbike driver said. People were seen enjoying their meals and coffees with some hoping that this would be a permanent change, as it would be benefiting businesses. Aiming for more social distancing, as coffee shops and restaurants have reopened over the last weeks, Enfield Council announced measures to increase space for social distancing at The Green, Winchmore Hill on Thursday, 23 July. «I think it's good in times like this, I think it's a good idea,» customer Chris said. «Maybe obviously only in the weekends, because in the weekdays it's going to be busy but yeah, I am enjoying it, as you can see. I will be enjoying it when my food comes out,» he smiled. A few residents expressed their concern at the road closure amid traffic congestion, although the majority of them welcomed the new approach.
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