Halving two metre rule could save one million hospitality jobs

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As many as one million hotel, pub and restaurant jobs could be saved if the two-metre social distancing limit is halved, industry chiefs have said. 

Hospitality bosses welcomed comments from Boris Johnson on Wednesday revealing he has instructed the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to review the guidelines.

It is feared that a two-metre limit will cripple pubs and restaurants when they are allowed to reopen from July by slashing capacity far below what is profitable.

If the rules were relaxed allowing guests to be one metre apart in line with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO), far more customers could be served and many more outlets could cope.