Pubs, cafes and restaurants in England have to offer outdoor areas for smokers and non-smokers, the government said last night.
Smoking has been banned in pubs and restaurants in England since 2007, but there are currently no controls on eating and drinking outdoors.
With more non-smokers now sitting outdoors due to social distance measures, ministers had to require pubs and cafes to ban smoking anywhere on the premises.
The government rejected a total ban yesterday evening and instead ordered companies in England to offer special outdoor seating areas for smokers and non-smokers.
The ministers proposed an amendment to the Business and Planning Act requiring landlords to make "reasonable arrangements" for non-smoking seats.
Planning Minister Chris Pincher said: "These changes will allow everyone to eat and drink outdoors, whether they smoke or not, with reasonable precautions for non-smokers and smokers."
Pubs, cafes and restaurants in England have to offer separate non-smoking areas outside, the government said last night
In accordance with the guidelines, companies are asked to put up clear signs to ban smoking in designated areas, without providing ashtrays or leaving them on furniture in smoke-free areas.
"If possible, license holders should aim for a minimum distance of two meters between non-smoking and smoking areas," he added.
Mr. Pincher said: “We are helping our pubs, cafes and restaurants to reopen and secure jobs safely by making it quicker, easier and cheaper to set up outdoor seating and stands to serve food and drink while protecting public health protect the transfer of Covid. & # 39;
The Business and Planning Bill is designed to help the hospitality sector reopen after the block.
The demand for a ban on smoking outside bars, restaurants and cafes for health reasons was criticized last week by pub owners and customers.
Emma McClarkin, CEO of the British Beer & Pub Association, insisted that the management of the smoking areas should be left to individual pubs.
She said: “We believe that it should be up to the licensees to decide whether smoking is allowed in their outside areas and, if so, how best to organize certain rooms.
"Every customs officer knows his customers and their needs best and should be given the flexibility to meet these needs, especially in this challenging time."
Smoking has been banned in pubs and restaurants in England since 2007. However, there are currently no controls for eating and drinking outdoors
Planning Secretary Chris Pincher said: "These changes will allow everyone to eat and drink outdoors, whether they smoke or not, with reasonable precautions for non-smokers and smokers."
Kyle Michael of the Launton Arms in Launton, Oxfordshire added: “As a non-smoker, I would personally welcome non-smoking areas, but as a tax collector who faces one of the worst challenges that Covid has faced since the indoor smoking ban. This is not a welcome one Step, and it seems that some politicians just don't understand pubs at all. & # 39;
A Briton wrote on social media: "What about some politicians and their determination to decimate the economy and attack normal people?"
A second said: & # 39; pubs will suffer. People are so damn valuable when they are offended by some smoke.
"Why can't they just go to the pub quickly? People have never been like this before smoking became an issue. The power of suggestion. & # 39;
The government announced that British factories would produce millions of facewear every week with an investment of £ 14m.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, said today that suppliers in Port Talbot, Wales, and Blackburn in north-west England have started to manufacture high quality covers. Another location in Livingston, Scotland, is set to begin weeks in the coming years.
The demand for a ban on smoking outside bars, restaurants and cafes for health reasons was criticized last week by pub owners and customers
The government announced that British factories would produce millions of facewear every week with an investment of £ 14m. Pictured: Michael Gove
It was part of a government initiative to increase facial cover production in the UK, he added.
Face coverings are already mandatory in public transport in England, and the government has mandated that they be worn in stores and supermarkets from July 24th to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
The government's guidelines also encourage the wearing of facewear in enclosed public spaces where it is less easy to distance oneself or where people are more likely to come into contact with people who would not normally meet them.
Mr. Gove said: "This is an important step to ensure that this country can meet the increasing demand for facewear by working with UK companies to identify the skills, capacity and abilities needed to manufacture these items on a large scale Scale are required.
"These production lines will be able to make millions of facewear available to the public without putting additional pressure on the NHS supply chains."
The Cabinet Office said the government had bought 10 production lines, including 34 tons of equipment, while another 10 from Coventry-based automotive company Expert Tooling and Automation Ltd. were commissioned.
Manufacturers are expected to produce millions of masks a week.