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No name, no pint – new rules for England's pubs

2020-06-24 HKT 19:14
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Drinkers in England's pubs will have to give their name before they order a pint, and there will be no live acts or standing at the bar, the government said in advice for re-opening the sector next month.

Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will have to keep a record of customers for 21 days to assist the state health service's test and trace operation, which aims to identify and contain any local flare ups of Covid-19 and stop a second wave of infections.

Live performances, including drama, comedy and music, will also not be allowed, the government said.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday pubs, restaurants and hotels could reopen in England on July 4, easing the coronavirus lockdown that has all but shut the economy.

He also reduced social distancing from two metres to one metre, a change that will allow many more pubs and restaurants to reopen.

The British Beer & Pub Associationsaid 75% of pubs in England – 28,000 in total – would be able to reopen. Under two metre social distancing rules, only a third of England's pubs – 12,500 – would have been able to reopen.

But as the government moved to ease restrictions, some of Britain's most eminent health leaders warned that a second coronavirus wave is a real risk.

"While the future shape of the pandemic in the UK is hard to predict, the available evidence indicates that local flare-ups are increasingly likely and a second wave a real risk," the medics said in a letter in the British Medical Journal.

The medics' letter called for a review focussing on "areas of weakness" to prevent a second wave in the interests of protecting lives and restoring the economy as fast as possible.

It was signed by 15 of the most eminent health professional groups and trade unions including the heads of the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the British Medical Association. (Reuters)