Review of two-metre rule due 'within the coming days'

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Review of two-metre rule due 'within the coming days'

A review looking into the two-metre social distancing rule in England will conclude ‘within the coming days’, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has told BBC Radio 4.

Whitehall officials have also confirmed the outcome is expected next week.

The two-metre social distancing rule would be a heavy restraint on the hospitality sector when it reopens.

Guidance drawn up by the sector and ministers is understood to encourage pubgoers to order drinks using apps instead of going to the bar, while current legislation was said to include the powers for patrols.

The Times reported that restaurant tables would not be set in advance and room service would be left outside doors in hotels under the guidance.

Government decisions on further easings are yet to be made, but Boris Johnson has said the lowering of the alert level from four to three allows ministers to “start making some progress” on social-distancing measures.

He has also promised new guidance for the hospitality sector and businesses “very shortly”.

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail has reported that scientists ‘totally comfortable’ with dropping two-metre social distancing rule.

The remarks are believed to come from by a senior source and are a big indication that scientists will not resist if the PM chooses to relax the two-metre rule.

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have not announced any plans to change the two-metre distance rule as of yet.

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