Two-metre social distancing rule and impact on hospitality

Date : 16 June 2020

The Prime Minister has announced that there will be a review of the two-metre social distancing rule.

Simon Case, the No 10 permanent secretary will chair the review and will take evidence from medical experts, economists as well as considering papers from SAGE (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies).

The review will be completed in the next few weeks.

This follows concerns raised by UK the hospitality industry that the two-metre rule would result in outlets making just 30% of normal revenues. A one-metre rule would increase that to 60%-75%.

This follows the publication of the ‘Pathways to recovery’ report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Hospitality and Tourism. The report urged the government to:

  • Reconsider the two-metre physical distancing rule
  • Create an autumn bank holiday
  • Provide additional financial support to help the hospitality and tourism industries reopen

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