Pubs and restaurants ‘will reopen on JUNE 22 to serve customers outdoors’: Ministers dubbed the ‘Save Summer Six’ earmark date amid warnings three million hospitality jobs could be lost
Boris Johnson has earmarked June 22 as the date when pubs and restaurants across the nation could be allowed to reopen, it was claimed today.
The Prime Minister is believed to be keen to accelerate the easing of lockdown after he was warned prolonging the shutdown of the hospitality sector could cost more than three million jobs.
It is thought that pubs and restaurants may be permitted to welcome back patrons in just two weeks’ time, although they will only be allowed to serve customers outdoors.
The Government’s current coronavirus lockdown exit strategy suggested that they would not be allowed to reopen until July 4 at the earliest.
Number 10 has insisted that no firm date has been set but three separate Whitehall sources told the Financial Times that June 22 is the date being targeted in ministers’ diaries.
The Cabinet is expected to discuss the move at a crunch meeting tomorrow.
Any decision to bring forward the reopening of pubs and restaurants is likely to spark fresh concerns among health experts about the impact it could have on the rate of infection.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister remains under intense pressure to halve the two metre social distancing rule, with industry chiefs adamant it is unworkable.