According to the British Beer & Pubs Association (BBPA), of the 47,000 British pubs, more than half have outdoor space.
He said the pubs are expected to be among the first to reopen when the lockout restrictions are gradually lifted, which will allow some hotel businesses to be allowed to trade from early July.
“It would allow people to enjoy outdoor coffee at their community pub in the summer sun,” said BBPA executive director Emma McClarkin. “We want to explore every opportunity for pubs in our country to reopen safely and sustainably as soon as possible. We are working with the government to explore all possible options for reopening pubs as soon as possible in a safe and sustainable manner while respecting the required social distancing restrictions. “
The organization has already warned that thousands of pubs could close if the Covid-19 lockout persists until the fall. Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said last month that pubs and restaurants would be “among the last to emerge from the foreclosure.”
Pub culture after the foreclosure could be very different, according to suggestions from UKHospitality, the commercial body for the wider sector, including restaurants and hotels.
In a document submitted to ministers, he suggested ending the bar service, with table service recommended instead.
Pub staff could also be asked to intervene to prevent the pub gardens from becoming too crowded.
A government task force is studying ways to reopen pubs and restaurants safely. The BBPA said it was ready to help with pilot projects to test how establishments could operate under the rules of physical distancing. He asked for clarity on the exact conditions that pubs would have to comply with to be allowed to reopen.
The government is reportedly considering measures such as allowing pubs to serve from outdoor stalls and opening up floor space for tables.