BRITAIN'S cafés might be able to reopen this summer – but only if they can provide outdoor spaces for customers, officials say.
Boris Johnson is set to ease lockdown measures from Monday, May 11, meaning cafes could reopen.
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When will cafés reopen?
Boris Johnson is set to make an address to the nation on Sunday about his plans to take the UK out of lockdown.
The "road map" will give Brits more information on how restrictions will begin to ease.
And it's understood that some cafés will soon reopen under the scheme.
Park picnics may also be on again, as long as people stay two metres apart.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has already suggested that, as lockdown measures are eased, the public could return to pavement cafés.
All pubs, restaurants, cafés and gyms shut in March as the Prime Minister announced the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
How will social distancing work?
It's understood Brits will have to comply with social distancing for a year – and that could mean big changes for coffee shops.
Employers are likely to be asked to stagger working hours for staff, while hand washing kits are set to be introduced at entry and exit points.
Regular cleaning will be needed, while there could be caps on the number of people allowed into cafés at any one time.
Tape showing how far apart customers must stand from one another could be used.
Priority is likely to be given to coffee shops where customers can be outside.
Do cafés need outdoor areas to reopen?
It seems likely that the Government won't yet allow cafés to open unless they have outdoor space for customers.
Mr Hancock told Sky News: "There is strong evidence that outdoors the spread is much, much lower, so there may be workarounds that some businesses, for instance cafés, especially over the summer, may be able to put into place."
In France, cafés are set to reopen in mid-May, while Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, has announced plans to turn the city into a vast open-air café.
Much of the city's public space will be given over to hard-hit bar and restaurant owners so they can put their tables outdoors and still observe physical distancing rules.
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Which café and restaurant chains have reopened branches already?
A number of major chains have reopened branches for delivery or takeaway options.
- Costa Coffee has already reopened some branches for drive-thru and delivery orders
- London staple Pret has opened a series of its eateries to customers for takeaway and delivery
- Bakery chain Greggs has reopened 20 stores in the Newcastle area as part of a "controlled trial"
- McDonald's will also open a series of branches in mid-May with a limited menu on offer
- Five Guys has reopened 47 of its 104 restaurants for click and collect and delivery orders only, along with a full menu
- KFC fans can once again get their hands on their favourite fried chicken after the fast food chain reopened around 100 branches for delivery only
- Nando's has reopened six restaurants in London and Manchester for delivery orders
- Burger chain Shake Shack has reopened two of its London restaurants for takeaway and delivery
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