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Two-metre rule would kill our restaurants.

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A busy restaurant is a life enhancing experience. They delight us as we share food and soak up conviviality. But currently the thought of eating out is problematical. A YouGov poll last month found that 57 per cent of us would be apprehensive about going to a restaurant.

Yet although many of us wouldn’t dine out right now, we are missing restaurants badly, and longing for a time when they can reopen.

Unfortunately, you can’t close restaurants and expect them to bounce back into life miraculously again at some undisclosed later date. Restaurant insiders and analysts fear that we could lose half of our restaurants to the lockdown.

Just imagine the effect this would have on our cityscapes. Think of all the people who’d lose their jobs – chefs, front-of-house staff, suppliers – all the businesses that would be forced to stop trading, tragic economic casualties of coronavirus.

Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing recently warned that the UK restaurant industry, which is worth £20 billion per year, and which employs hundreds of thousands of workers, could collapse.

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