Prime Minister Boris Johnson has laid out plans for the reopening of the hospitality after a three-month lockdown.
More substantial guidance for the pub and sector is set to be published in the coming days, but what we did we learn from yesterday’s announcements? Here’s our summary of the key highlights?
– From Saturday 4 July, pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to ‘Covid Secure’ guidelines.
– Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions that typically provide foodservice facilities may also reopen, if they can do so safely. This includes cinemas, museums, theme parks and social clubs.
– However, other “close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools and water parks must remain closed for now.
– Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’.
– New guidance on how businesses can reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus includes:
Avoiding face-to-face seating by changing office layouts
Reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces
Using protective screens and face coverings
Providing hand sanitiser
– All hospitality indoors will be limited to table-service, and government’s guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact.
– Businesses will be asked to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers, as happens in other countries.
– The government said it had been able to relax measures following a decline in the number of new infections by between 2% and 4% each day. (Four weeks ago, an average of one in 400 people in the community in England had Covid-19; in the first half of June, this figure was one in 1,700).
– The Prime Minister said the government will keep all measures under constant review and will not hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control.
– The guidelines only apply to England.
– The administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland hold responsibility for their own lockdown restrictions.