Great Britain

When will restaurants open again in the UK?

AFTER being forced to shut due to the coronavirus lockdown, restaurants could be set to open as part of the government's plan to usher the country back to normality.

The government is said to be drawing up a plan for outdoor seating in restaurants in a bid to get Britain's economy back on track after the government's update on May 28.

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When will restaurants reopen?

According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the third phase of easing lockdown measures will begin "at the earliest in July".

This phase will include the reopening of restaurants, after an announcement on March 20 forced them to shut.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, confirmed July 4 as the date of the beginning of the next phase to Sky News.

He said: "From 4 July, at the earliest, we'll look at other sectors and that will include hospitality, but it will also include personal care and people like hairdressers."

Hospitality service providers are part of the last phase as part of the government's lockdown exit plan.

In April, Tory peer Lord Gadhia and GlaxoSmithKline chairman Sir Jonathan Symonds urged the government to open restaurants in order to revive the economy, which has seen a downturn following the coronavirus crisis.

How will social distancing work?

To be able to open, restaurants will have to adhere to Public Health England's guidelines on social distancing in order to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

Plans for some restaurants to obtain a licence for outdoor seating is currently being considered.

The extra space for outdoor seating will make it easier to enforce social distancing measures.

Experts and stakeholders have offered a range of ways to ensure restaurants do not flout the measures including ordering at tables using mobile phones and services provided by video and text.

Charlie Anderson, owner of two restaurants in Cambridge, Ta Bouche and La Raza, said: “Whenever we are allowed to re-open, social distancing is going to be key, so what these guys have created is essential and ticks the boxes for us to be able to open again.”

Do restaurants need to have an outdoor area to reopen?

Restaurants who already have allocated outdoor seating will be given guidance on reopening by the Government from June 1.

Restaurants which do not have outdoor seating licence will have to pay £300 to acquire one.

It is being hoped that the introduction of outdoor seating will enable restaurants to operate and get hospitality workers back at work.

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