Bars and cafes are quickly gaining approval to serve customers outside their branches under new measures to help re-open the hospitality industry from July 4.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet also plans to suspend trade laws on Sunday for a year. This means that supermarkets can open more than six hours on Sundays.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and business secretary Alok Sharma would strongly support the move.
A government source told it MirrorOnline“The idea is to then bring them all together in one big piece of legislation that will help get the recovery going.”
There are also reportedly plans to investigate municipal emergency landing fees, allowing buildings to place tables on sidewalks and encouraging local authorities to allocate street space for outdoor markets.
The plans are expected to be presented in a mini budget in July.
Birmingham City Councilor Cllr Waseem Zaffar revealed this week that the city wants to “simplify” opportunities for businesses to introduce parklets – installed on parking strips. They would allow bars and restaurants to use the outdoor space for activities such as outdoor dining.
Cllr Waseem Zaffar said: “Through the Emergency Transport Plan and our shopping street reopening recovery plan, we will continue to look into introducing emergency measures to further support the economy as we recover from the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
“This includes temporary measures, such as using pots and planters to create more pedestrian space and making it easier for companies to introduce parklets and use widened walkways for outdoor activities such as outdoor dining.
“In addition, we are beginning to pursue our plans for improvements in public spaces, which will bring more pedestrians to the city in the coming years.”
Footpaths have already begun to widen in the main streets of Erdington and Kings Heath, allowing locals to walk while remaining at a safe distance from each other.
In the aftermath of the closure, many restaurant chains such as Frankie and Benny’s were taken over.
The Hospitality Union has released a 15-point plan on how the UK government should come to the rescue, including relaxing the two-meter social distance rule.
Earlier this week, Professor Catherine Noakes of Sage, the emergency scientific advisory group, still found Covid 19’s transmission speed too fast to shorten the recommended social distance.
Professor Noakes, said The times: £ There are too many cases in the community to consider going under six feet … If we reduce it, you’re essentially doubling the risk. “
But during the daily coronavirus briefing last week, lead scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said the two-meter rule can be relaxed if people are back to back or side by side.