Coronavirus: Pub-goers will have to give up personal details to get a pint
Drinker in Manchester before Britain went lockdown. (Anthony Devlin / Getty Images)
Pubs, restaurants and bars in England may have to provide customers' names and contact details when they reopen their doors next month.
Expectations are increasing that restaurants and hairdressers will be allowed to reopen on July 4th and that the rules for social distance of two meters will be reduced.
Health minister Matt Hancock said the government had “re-examined” registration measures in addition to reopening to help track contacts when new outbreaks are found.
Hancock informed Sky's Sophie Ridge on Sunday that other countries had introduced similar rules, but said that no final decision had yet been made. "The whole approach is to move as far as possible from a national ban to targeted local action when we see an outbreak," he said.
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The Times reports that plans are expected to be signed on Monday by high-ranking ministers and medical and scientific advisors to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to confirm a reopening date for England on Tuesday and a relaxation of the two-meter rule on social distance. The government is reported to be considering a “one meter plus” rule, allowing a one meter gap if masks or other measures are in place.
It comes after weeks of lobbying by hotel companies that demand clarity and urgency when reopening, as well as shorter rules for social distancing. Business leaders have warned of a new wave of closings and job losses if the reopening is delayed or the two meter gap is maintained.
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A Downing Street spokesman told several news agencies, "The reason we can move forward this week is because the vast majority of people have taken steps to contain the virus.
“The more we open up, the more important it is that everyone follows the rules of social distancing.
"We will not hesitate to apply the handbrake to prevent the virus from getting out of control."
Non-essential retailers in Wales can also start trading again on Monday after their colleagues in England were given the green light in mid-June.
Johnson's announcement is for England only, but the reopening may soon be elsewhere in the UK. Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday that the hospitality venues could remain closed "for a few weeks".
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