Many of you will have seen and read the discussions now taking place on whether the current 2m recommended social distancing should be reduced to 1m. It is very clear that for many parts of the Hospitality and Food Service market the current 2m recommendation limits the number of businesses that could open. This is either because they cannot physically meet the requirements in many parts of the building, or they would not have enough customers to cover the costs of opening.
It is obviously a difficult decision for Government to make, although we are seeing many countries adopting different distances considered to be safe. Germany has adopted 1.5 meters, along with several other European countries, although France has adopted 1m, which is also the World Health Organisation recommended distance.
We support any measures that allow the Hospitality and Food Service market to open to the maximum extent possible, whilst ensuring the safety of both employees and customers.