At the time of writing, the government is working toward opening up more of the hospitality sector on July 4th, with Boris Johnson expected to outline his plans later today for pubs, restaurants, hotels, and hairdressers reopening in England. However, even if this date is confirmed today, it’s still too late for many in the industry to adequately prepare to reopen.
Another huge concern in the industry is the current rules regarding social distancing. According to UKHospitality CEO Kate Nicholls, “operating with the two-metre social distancing rule is financially unviable, so if the current review on social distancing recommends it is safe to do so, we would urge the Government to adopt the internationally-recognised standard of one metre.”
Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, also see this as a key issue: “We have made it clear that 75% of the UK’s pubs will be able to reopen under one metre social distancing rules – the safe distance advised by the WHO. Only a third could reopen under two metres.”