The UKHospitality trade association has said it expects more than 70% of the sector to reopen on July 4, as the current two-metre social distancing rule is replaced by the new “one metre plus” rule announced by Boris Johnson. Chief executive Kate Nicholls says she expects that between “70% and 80% of the sector will be operating again” from the reopening date, although she cautions that some firms will find doing so “challenging” due to the limited time available to prepare.
Meanwhile, Mike Cherry, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, has welcomed the decision to ease the lockdown. A fifth of small firms, he said, would have to remain closed with the current two-metre social distancing rules in place. While this has “been an incredibly difficult time,” he added, “there is now some light at the end of the tunnel.”
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