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Pubs and restaurants to reopen on 4th July with one metre social distancing allowed

The government has confirmed that pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen from the 4th of July, with a revised “one metre plus” guideline for social distancing. This means that pubs and restaurants will need to ensure that customers stay at least one metre apart and that additional safety measures are in place. These measures include partitions at tables, no “standing drinking”, no customer spaces at service points such as bars, and taking customer contact details for possible track and trace purposes. The hospitality sector has long argued that a one metre rule was the maximum needed to make the sector economically viable, although it remains to be seen how well the industry recovers and what appetite customers have for returning to eating and drinking out.

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