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Pub goers are being reminded to drink and socialise safely to minimise the risk of infection from coronavirus, so that everyone can enjoy the new going-out normal. District councils have been spearheading the al fresco revolution by making high streets and town centres as Covid-secure as...

Pub goers are being reminded to drink and socialise safely to minimise the risk of infection from coronavirus, so that everyone can enjoy the new going-out normal.

District councils have been spearheading the al fresco revolution by making high streets and town centres as Covid-secure as possible, by expanding outdoor spaces to help accommodate food and drink outlets.

However, with many pubs reopening, along with restaurants and cafes, the District Councils’ Network is urging members of the public to take extra care and caution, as the lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Following the changes to licensing and planning rules, districts have been creating outside space and adapting environmental health for restaurants, cafes and pubs to increase capacity.

They have also been helping marshal movements with floor markings and signage in the high street, carrying out more frequent street cleaning and creating more pedestrianised spaces.

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With high streets and town centres reopening successfully thanks to the co-operation of the public on 15 June, district councils want to see this continue with the reopening of the hospitality sector.

Cllr Mark Crane, District Councils’ Network lead member for stronger economies, said: “Just because the pubs are reopening doesn’t mean we are out of the woods just yet. There remains a real risk of the disease spreading and we must all play a part in reducing this and preventing a second wave of infection.

“It is paramount we continue to adhere to social distancing, and don’t put people’s health at risk, especially after a few drinks.

“District councils are doing all they can to facilitate a Covid-secure space for people to go out and enjoy themselves in.

“This includes supporting pubs, restaurants and cafes to create an al-fresco environment where they can operate safely.

“But we are dependent on the public playing their part too by continuing to exercise maximum care and caution during this challenging period, and drinking responsibly and safely.”

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