Fish and chip restaurants in England will not reopen until 4th July at the earliest, ending speculation over the weekend that they could be serving customers later this month.
During yesterday’s Downing Street press conference, business secretary Alok Sharma said: "Of course there are businesses which still remain closed. As soon as we can we will publish further safer working guidance for restaurants, pubs and bars, as well as hairdressers, barbers, nail bars and related services.
"I know there's been a lot of speculation about when we might be able to reopen these parts of the economy and I completely understand why we're all so keen to get them back up and running, and I absolutely share that enthusiasm.
"But we continue to follow the road map which set out our ambition to reopen these sectors from July 4th at the earliest.”
Sharma reminded restaurants that they must carry out a covid-19 risk assessment before reopening and take steps to manage any risks. A Staying Covid-19 Safe in 2020 certificate should then be downloaded and displayed in the window.
He also revealed that the two-metre social distancing rule is being kept under review, adding: "When it is safe to do so, we will see whether you can move to a shorter distance but ultimately we keep all of these things under review.
"There are other countries in the world that have moved from two metres to closer distances. Of course, they are further along in terms of their road map, in terms of opening up businesses. We are taking a cautious view on this.”