Plans to reopen pubs could see customers ordering pints through apps, it has been claimed.

The Sun reports having seen a 'secret blueprint' to kick start the country's pub trade which has been drawn up by ministers in the Department for Business.

Breweries, meanwhile, have increased production on kegs of beer - which were stopped at the start of the pandemic to focus on cans and bottles - the newspaper said.

The aim is reportedly to deliver 250 million pints-worth of booze by June 15 as hopes continue to rise that UK pubs may open sooner than expected.

The Government's guidelines reportedly include Wetherspoon-style app ordering systems to avoid people queuing at the bar, while tables will be placed two metres apart.

And while other European countries are urging their pubs to use screens between tables, this is said to not have been included in guidelines for Britain - though screens will be available for staff at the bar.

It is also understood pubs with outdoor beer gardens could open first as part of a two-stage process.

Under current plans, pubs, hotels and restaurants will remain closed until at least July 4, but this could change.

Last week, Boris Johnson told MPs the scientific advisory group for emergencies (Sage) had been told to review the guidance about social distancing.

Pub trade bodies are currently pleading with the Government to minimise the two-metre distancing rule to just one, with many pubs too small to make reopening worthwhile under current guidelines.

This still remains a sticking point, Mr Johnson has admitted, but said work was being done to try and reduce the recommended distance.

The boss of British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has said more than three-quarters of pubs could reopen if social distancing rules were relaxed to one metre, reports The Mirror.

Chief executive Emma McClarkin warned if the two-metre guidance remains, just one-third could reopen their doors and many would face further financial misery and ruin.

The internationally recognised social distancing standard, used in the likes of Italy, Denmark and France, is to remain at least one metre away, as advised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Many pubs have been taking advantage of recent hot weather and a loosening of the lockdown restrictions to offer takeaway drinks.

However, Ms McClarkin said polling of BBPA members showed about 40% could not survive until September if they remained closed, and the pub sector was burning through roughly £100m in cash every month during lockdown.

In a letter to Chancellor Rishi Sunak last week, BBPA, British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and UKHospitality (UKH) called for furlough salary for pub and hospitality staff to be maintained at 80% until October.

Last month, Wetherspoon's said it will spend an initial £11m making its 875 pubs Covid-19 secure, ahead of reopening, including screens at bars and tables.

The chain said each pub will hire two full-time workers to regularly clean surfaces and touch-points throughout, with more employed in larger pubs.