Covid UK: Hospitality and shop bosses warn against vaccine passports

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The South West of Great Britain leads the ranking in terms of pubs with outdoor space, with 91.7% falling into that category, followed by the South and South East with 74.8%

The South West of Great Britain leads the ranking in terms of pubs with outdoor space, with 91.7% falling into that category, followed by the South and South East with 74.8%

More than half of Britain’s pubs and restaurants will be forced to remain closed when lockdown restrictions are reduced, as they have no outdoor space.

Under the next relaxation of the coronavirus rules, a series of freedoms will be restored on April 12 according to the current timetable.

This includes a much anticipated reopening for pubs and restaurants in England, which will be able to serve customers in outdoor seating areas.

But despite getting the green light to open, hangouts across the country will still be closed after April 12, as only 41,100, or 38.2 percent, have outdoor space, according to general data.

Only 33.1 percent of operators in London have outdoor spaces and only 22.9 percent of sites in Scotland – where sites will reopen from April 26 – have outdoor spaces.

By further splitting the data, by region and type of location, large differences are shown in the proliferation of open locations in each region.

The Southwest of Great Britain leads the ranking in terms of pubs with outdoor space, with 91.7% falling into that category, followed by the South and Southeast with 74.8%.

Scotland was the region with the lowest percentage, with less than half – 44.9% – of the pubs able to receive customers outside.

General Details: More than 41,000 pubs, bars and restaurants have some sort of outdoor space allowing them to reopen on April 12th.  The Southwest leads the way, with 51.1 percent of locations featuring outdoor spaces

General Details: More than 41,000 pubs, bars and restaurants have some sort of outdoor space allowing them to reopen on April 12th.  The Southwest leads the way, with 51.1 percent of locations featuring outdoor spaces

General Details: More than 41,000 pubs, bars and restaurants have some sort of outdoor space allowing them to reopen on April 12th. The Southwest leads the way, with 51.1 percent of locations featuring outdoor spaces

These differences are also present in the figures for restaurants. The East of Great Britain has the highest percentage of restaurants with outdoor space – 31.2% – and the South West again takes a prominent position, in second place with 30.6%.

For much of the rest of England – including Lancashire, London, the North East and Yorkshire – the figure is in the twenties, but Scotland and Wales remain in single digits.

Only 8.5% of restaurants in Wales have outdoor spaces and only 5.1% in Scotland.

The data comes amid dismal numbers, showing that the number of licensed buildings fell by some 7,592 to 107,516 in the past year, revealing the devastating toll of the pandemic.

Starting April 12, diners can meet in a group of up to six people from different households, while up to two households can come together to form a group of any size. Indoor dining is only allowed after May 17.

The latest monthly Market Recovery Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners found that 38.2 percent of licensed properties in the UK say they have room to trade.

Companies have said they plan to use gardens, patios, parking garages and other areas where they can potentially reopen guests when open-air hospitality gets the green light in the next stage of the prime minister’s roadmap.

More than 41,000 pubs, bars and restaurants have some sort of outdoor space that will allow them to reopen on April 12.

However, the number of operators that can operate outside of operations fluctuates significantly depending on their specific part of the hospitality market.

More than 80 percent of community cafes have said they have the right outdoor space to reopen.

However, only 11.9 percent of casual restaurants have such a space, which means even more pain for many chains that have been hit hard in the last 12 months.

The report also said it is unlikely that a significant number of locations with outdoor space will be traded from mid-April, as their space is limited and the cost of equipping or staffing is unprofitable.

It highlighted that gamblers in the South West of England will be best placed on April 12, with 51.1 percent of the buildings in the area having outdoor space.