The two-metre social distancing rule could be reduced, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed to reassess the evidence, providing renewed hope for thousands of hospitality businesses hoping to reopen in the next few months.
Appearing before the House of Commons Liaison Committee yesterday discussing the government’s handling of the Covid crisis, Johnson agreed to ask Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies SAGE to review if the two-metre social distancing could be reduced to one metre and for the results to be published before June 15.
The Prime Minister also told MPs that he hopes to allow pubs and restaurants to open before July 4 – the date set by government as part of the roadmap out of lockdown – saying that he ‘may be able to do things faster’ than previously thought.
He said: “On hospitality… we are really trying to go as fast as we can. It is really difficult to bring forward hospitality measures in a way that involves social distancing.
“But I am much more optimistic about that than I was. We may be able to do things faster than I previously thought.”
The two-metre rule is one of the biggest barriers to the hospitality industry reopening successfully and profitably.
The UK has one of the strictest contact gap rules in the world to counter coronavirus transmission, double the one metre gap recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).