Gedling borough Pubs with beer gardens are likely to be among the first venues in the hospitality sector to reopen when coronavirus restrictions are eased, the Environment Secretary has confirmed.
George Eustice said yesterday that there would be no changes until “at least” July when he expected pubs and restaurants with outdoor areas would be the only ones able to welcome customers again.
Pubs and restaurants across Gedling borough have now been closed for more than two months after the Prime Minister announced last orders on March 20.
Mr Eustice signalled that venues with gardens would be the first to reopen due to the belief that coronavirus infection rates are lower in outside spaces.
He said: “The sectors that are going to have the greatest challenge getting back to work, which we recognise, and I’m sure the Chancellor recognises this too – the hospitality sector and some of those other ticketed venues, in particular cinemas and in particular theatres, restaurants and pubs, will also face a challenge getting back into operation.
“And that is why we won’t be loosening the restrictions on them until at least July, and even then it is likely that in the case of pubs and restaurants it will begin with beer gardens and outdoor areas only.”