Coronavirus: Coffee shops and restaurants ‘could be first to re-open’ to rescue economy

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Ministers have reportedly been advised to re-open high streets on a limited scale to allow Britain to “learn to live with Covid” as it waits for a vaccine.

Restaurants and coffee shops are among the businesses that could be back up and running the quickest – though all premises will need revamping to abide social distancing measures.

Other contenders deemed to pose the smallest risk of spreading the killer bug but would give the flagging economy a much needed shot in the arm also include estate agents.

Conservative peer Lord Gadhia and GlaxoSmithKline chairman Sir Jonathan Symonds have compiled the report – which has been seen by ministers and The Sun.

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Restaurants will need to be revamped before they can re-open

With a vaccine said to be up to 18 months away, the pair have urged the government to consider steps to allow Brits to return to some form of normalcy.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is deputising for PM Boris Johnson as he continues his virus recovery, is expected to extend the lockdown for a further three weeks tomorrow.

Mr Raab is to chair a COBRA committee meeting later today to sign off on extending the nation’s lockdown until May 7.

Dominic Raab will reportedly tell Brits the lockdown is going to be extended

The report comes as experts predict the economy could slump by as much as 35 per cent – with potential for primary schools to be opened on May 11 to free up parents to get back to work.

Lord Gadhia and Sir Jonathan’s report said the first stages of re-opening the economy should look at sectors with the “greatest multiplier effects with minimum risks”.

They earmarked coffee shops and restaurants due to their potential for supporting agriculture, while describing the property market as another sector with a “wide” impact.

Deliveroo drivers waiting outside the re-opened KFC in Deansgate, Manchester

“We need to avoid a stop-start economy which would sap public morale and damage business confidence yet further,” they added.

The pair also backed reported plans to get pupils back behind their desks.

Britain is not alone in considering easing its lockdown measures, with Italy and Spain having already begun removing some restrictions.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also started discussions about laying out a timetable for returning the country to normal.

However, OAPs could be forced to remain in lockdown, only allowed to shop for an hour each day, according to a World Health Organisation adviser.

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While London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Professor David Heymann said youngsters would also need to continue to stay away from the elderly.

But with the Government continuing to avoid making clear when lockdown will end, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has demanded it publish its exit strategy before the end of the week.

Downing Street, however, has said suggesting that measures could be relaxed now would be a “mistake” with the peak having not yet been reached in the UK.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the message remains the same that people must “stay at home”.

A former chief scientific adviser Sir David King slammed the government this week for failing to lockdown the country quick enough, including allowing Cheltenham Festival to go ahead.

Popular food outlets, including KFC, Burger King and Pret A Manger have all begun slowly re-opening some of their UK branches.

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