Customers could be stopped from drinking at the bar at pubs as part of new proposals aimed at helping hospitality firms reopen on July 4.

Restrictions on the number of children in outdoor playing areas and patrols of smoking areas have also been put forward among potential measures touted to help sites meet coronavirus guidelines.

Trade group UKHospitality has put forward the initial proposals, alongside other industry leaders, in a document submitted to ministers.

The trade body is submitting a 75-page document which gives suggestions about how to implement social distancing measures to help pubs and restaurants operate safely.

The measures outlined in the document include removing condiments from tables, ending the hotel buffet, and digitising tips. It also says people visiting pubs and restaurants should expect reduced menus.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive, said: “We will be ready to restart in England on July 4, and other parts of the country when allowed, but it is vital that reopening is done in the right way, at the right time and with the right support – so that our industry can help bring employees, customers and communities back together safely over the coming months.

“The summer is a crucial time for the sector. The Great British public deserve safe accommodation, eating and drinking out experiences, holidays and leisure time; the financial cost is a justified investment in our nation’s wellbeing and the future of the economy.”

Earlier this month, Boris Johnson said that some hospitality firms could be able to reopen from July 4 at the earliest in the Government’s third phase of the lockdown.


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