Restaurants allowed to re-open in England with 1m+ rule

Garden centre catering in England could be financially viable from July 4th with the change in social distancing rules announced today, but details of the conditions are needed quickly.

The prime minister mentioned these could include avoiding face to face seating, the use of protective screens and changing shift patterns so staff work in set teams.

Will table service be mandatory indoors?  Will garden centres be required to keep contact details to help with contact tracing?

Unwanted apps

The HTA issued the following statement: "We need to see the full guidance from Government on what this 1m plus rule entails in all the different workplace environments our industry operates in.

“We need to better understand the practical, cost burden and ethical aspects of what the Government is expecting from the industry for collecting catering customers details for test and trace, for example.

“Pre-booking requirements and customers placing orders via apps are complex and unwanted, given we’re ten days away from the reopening date. We will be following up with Government to seek this urgent clarity for members.”

Scotland Wales and N.Ireland

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Wales' First Minister Mark Drakeford and Northern Ireland's Arlene Foster have said the 2m rule will remain in place in their nations for the moment.

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Here's what others have said...,  24 Jun 2020:
...Valid questions. Suspended screens, table screens, floor screens - we have large quantities in production but all pre-sold past 4th July. Every country in Europe is simultaneously demanding similar products. Many UK sectors are desperate both for solutions and official guidance. E.G. Hair dressers are relying largely on their industry body's advice (NHBF), much like the HTA is doing for garden centres. Insufficient detailed planning and advance notice from the government doesn't help.

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