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UK pubs reopening: Punters may be forced to hand over contact details before buying a pint

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This would means clients can be contacted if they come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The hospitality sector was forced to close on March 23 when the country went into lockdown. Boris Johnson is set to announce tomorrow if the hospitality sector is allowed to open on July 4 and if the two metre distancing rule is able to be relaxed.

The Government will decide its plans to reopen pubs, restaurants and hair dressers.

Speaking about the plans on Sky News, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “That is the sort of thing we are looking at for how do you make it safe to open things.

“And things like wearing a face mask which reduces the transmission clearly, about how the seating is arranged because face to face is much more dangerous than back to back and there’s more transmission than side to side.”

The hospitality sector has put pressure on the government to lower the two metre rule.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has said the two-metre social distancing rules could be relaxed following the next lockdown review.

Many establishments have voiced their concern about trading under the current restrictions.

This comes as the Government has joined with Google and Apple to create a new contact tracing app.

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In the UK, the easing of the lockdown will be reversed if the infection rate increases again.

Equally, if there are breaches of the rules, the Government could reverse the rules.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The reason we are able to 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 social-distancing rules.

“We will not hesitate to put the handbrake on to stop the virus running out of control.”



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