A ‘test and dine’ pilot has been proposed in Birmingham to give restaurants in Tier 3 a route to reopening.
The scheme, suggested by Birmingham City Council, would see people wanting to eat out tested for Covid-19 a few hours earlier.
Birmingham City Council leader Ian Ward told a regional Covid-19 briefing last week that it was evaluating the idea.
The BBC reported that Mr Ward said: “We would pilot it initially with a very small number of restaurants. If it worked we would look to expand that going forward.
“If people book a seat at one of those restaurants to eat out, we would allow them to be tested, and provided they tested negative and the booking was within six hours of that test, then they would be able to go and dine at that particular restaurant.”
Business leaders in the city are said to be behind the idea given the predicament facing restaurants, but some have raised questions about who would pay for the tests.
The BBC described the plans as “at a very early stage” and said they would need to be approved by government.