Pubs in England could reopen as early as June 22, it’s claimed – almost two weeks ahead of the previously announced date.
Ministers are reportedly working to allow some pubs and restaurants to begin operating again, serving drinks outdoors.
It’s in a bid to save the hospitality industry, with industry chiefs warning that 3.5 million jobs could be on the line if the government does not act quickly.
Pubs, bars and restaurants were not scheduled to open again until at least July 4, though many have remained open for takeaway and delivery throughout the UK’s lockdown.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is reported to be among the half-a-dozen ministers hoping to get the industry open by June 22, according to the Financial Times.
The new date has reportedly been confirmed by several senior Whitehall officials.
The group of ministers aiming to fast-track the industry reopening are calling themselves the ‘Save Summer Six’.
Sunak is said to be in favour of opening pubs sooner than the previous July date, utilising beer gardens, marquees and terraces to maintain social distancing.
Trade association UK Hospitality has said that the two-metre distancing rule will prevent businesses from operating profitably – a measure that Boris Johnson is looking to reduce.
The PM said he was ‘much more optimistic‘ than he had previously been, and had asked Sage scientists to review the social distancing rules.
The World Health Organisation’s current guidance says that people should maining one metre between themselves and others.
The hospitality industry has been one hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic, with the government urging people to stay away from bars and restaurants even before the UK went into lockdown.
To support local hospitality businesses affected by the lockdown, we’ve created the takeaway widget above (click ‘display interactive content’ if you can’t see it on your device).
Business owners can use it to list their own food and drink delivery or collection services – and customers can use it to search for restaurants and bars in their area that are open for takeaway.
Please note that the widget will display results for a five-mile radius of your postcode – which may not always match up exactly with the restaurant’s delivery radius.
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