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First Brit to catch coronavirus refused treatment and beat it with a hot toddy

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Teacher Connor Reed said he thought he was going to die but beat the virus with old fashioned remedies (Picture: Connor Reed)

The first Briton known to have caught coronavirus claimed he managed to fight off the deadly illness with a hot toddy.

Wuhan-based teacher, Connor Reed, 25, had been unable to shake off a bad cough and was struggling to breathe when he decided to get checked out at the doctors in December.

But he was stunned to discover that he didn’t have a simple case of the flu, but was suffering with the fatal virus, which has now killed more than 360 people.

Although Connor, originally from Llandudno, North Wales, was terrified he was going to die he refused to take antibiotics and medicine.

epa08183501 Hubei province residents, disembarking a chartered Xiamen Airline plane, arrive at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, 31 January 2020 (issued 01 February 2020). The first group of 123 overseas Hubei residents arrived back in Wuhan from Malaysia on 31 January. The Chinese government is using chartered planes to repatriate traveling Hubei province citizens as nations shut down transport in and out of the virus-hit nation. The death toll of the novel coronavirus outbreak has reached 259. EPA/STRINGER CHINA OUT
The virus has now killed more than 360 people in China and one in the Philippines (Picture: EPA)
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The 25-year-old said he refused to get on an evacuation plane back to the UK (Picture: Connor Reed)
Medical staff in protective clothes are seen carrying a patient from an apartment suspected of having the virus in Wuhan, in Hubei province on January 30, 2020. - The World Health Organization, which initially downplayed the severity of a disease that has now killed 170 nationwide, warned all governments to be "on alert" as it weighed whether to declare a global health emergency. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
He’s decided to stay in the epicentre of the outbreak, Wuhan city (Picture: AFP)

The teacher said he’s living ‘proof coronavirus can be beaten’ and has decided to ‘stick it out’ in the epicentre of the outbreak instead of returning to the UK to join others being quarantined on the Wirral.

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He told The Sun: ‘I was stunned when the doctors told me I was suffering from the virus. I thought I was going to die but I managed to beat it.

‘I used the inhaler which helped control the cough and drank a hot whisky with honey until that ran out. It’s an old fashioned remedy but it seemed to do the trick’.

Connor, who moved to Wuhan last summer to teach English, said the city has become a ‘ghost town’ with barely any fresh food supplies available in stores.

He added that there is now little opportunity for residents to properly safeguard themselves, as there is no medicine or face masks available in pharmacies.

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The Briton said he suffered with the virus in December (Picture: Connor Reed)
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The 1,000 bed Huoshenshan Hospital has just opened in Wuhan (Picture: EPA)

‘If you go out without a mask the police will arrest you,’ he added. ‘The authorities are really worried about how to contain this and stop it spreading.’

The teacher also claimed the Foreign Office seemed ‘disinterested’ when he informed them he’d been struck with the illness and decided to refuse their offer of a place on an evacuation flight to the UK.

His comments come as a second wave of British evacuees touched down at RAF Brize Norton at 8pm on Sunday.

They will join 83 people already being quarantined at Arrow Park Hospital on the Wirral.

A man in the Philippines became the first person to die this weekend from the virus outside China, where the number of confirmed cases of infection had increased to 14,380.

A coach leaves RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, carrying passengers from a plane which transported British nationals from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan in China. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 2, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A coach leaves RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, carrying passengers from a plane which transported British nationals from Wuhan (Picture: PA)
? Licensed to London News Pictures. 02/02/2020. Brize Norton, UK. Two passengers, one carrying a baby in a carry cot, who were evacuated from Wuhan in China disembark at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire. On Friday 83 Britons were flown from the centre of the coronavirus outbreak to RAF Brize Norton and then transported to quarantine for 14 days at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP
Eleven people flew back to the UK to be placed into quarantine (Picture: London News Pictures)

A University of York student and their relative remain the only two confirmed cases in the UK and the pair are being treated at a specialist unit in Newcastle.

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Yesterday the Foreign Office, which has withdrawn some staff from China and closed the British Consulate-General in Wuhan, said it is continuing to work with EU countries to add remaining Britons to any rescue flights they may charter back from Wuhan.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office (FCO) said: ‘The Government is in touch with British nationals who remain in Wuhan, and are doing everything we can to bring them home as safely and quickly as possible.’

In Wuhan, the first patients have arrived at a specially built hospital to treat those stricken with the virus, which that took less than two weeks to build.

Huoshenshan Hospital, and a second hospital with 1,500 beds due to open this week, were built by construction crews who are working around the clock in the city.

The treatment centres mark the second time Chinese leaders have responded to a new disease by building specialised hospitals almost overnight

Authorities have cut most road, rail and air access to Wuhan and surrounding cities, isolating some 50 million people, in efforts to contain the viral outbreak.

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Hollywood actor Hagen Mills, 29, ‘commits suicide after shooting mom of his four-year-old daughter’

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Hollywood actor Hagen Mills is dead following an ‘attempted murder-suicide’ in his native Kentucky. 

The 29-year-old actor, who appeared in the hit FX series Baskets, reportedly tried to kill former partner Erica Price, 34, at a residence in Mayfield on Tuesday evening. 

Price was allegedly shot by Mills in both the arm and chest but managed to survive and call police. Mills subsequently turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. 

According to The West Kentucky Star, Price is the mother of Mill’s four-year-old daughter, Mila.

The young girl was inside the home at the time, as was Price’s mother. Neither were injured during the incident. 

Investigators claim Mills held the pair inside the home until Price returned. When she arrived at the residence at 5.45 pm he shot her multiple times. She was taken to hospital in a stable condition after contacting police. 

Records from Graves County Jail in Kentucky show Mills has an extensive rap sheet. 

On March 30 of this year, he was arrested and charged with first degree rape and sodomy, as well as kidnapping and possession of methamphetamine. 

He was released from prison on bond on Monday – a day before his death. 

According to Mills’ mother, he maintained homes in both Hollywood and Kentucky.  

Mills allegedly shot former partner Erica Price in both the arm and chest, but she managed to survive and call police. Mills is pictured in a 2016 social media snap with a woman tagged as Erica Price and a young girl believed to be their daughter

Mills allegedly shot former partner Erica Price in both the arm and chest, but she managed to survive and call police. Mills is pictured in a 2016 social media snap with a woman tagged as Erica Price and a young girl believed to be their daughter

Mills allegedly shot former partner Erica Price in both the arm and chest, but she managed to survive and call police. Mills is pictured in a 2016 social media snap with a woman tagged as Erica Price and a young girl believed to be their daughter 

The fatal incident occurred inside this home in Mayfield on Tuesday evening. Mills reportedly held his young daughter and Price's mother inside the residence until Price returned

The fatal incident occurred inside this home in Mayfield on Tuesday evening. Mills reportedly held his young daughter and Price's mother inside the residence until Price returned

The fatal incident occurred inside this home in Mayfield on Tuesday evening. Mills reportedly held his young daughter and Price’s mother inside the residence until Price returned 

On March 30 of this year, he was arrested and charged with first degree rape and sodomy, as well as kidnapping and possession of methamphetamine

On March 30 of this year, he was arrested and charged with first degree rape and sodomy, as well as kidnapping and possession of methamphetamine

On March 30 of this year, he was arrested and charged with first degree rape and sodomy, as well as kidnapping and possession of methamphetamine

Mills grew up in Kentucky, before he relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting in the early 2010s. 

He was best known for appearing in the FX comedy-drama series, Baskets, created in 2016 by Zach Galifianakis and Louis CK. 

The Emmy-winning show ran for four season and starred Galifianakis in a lead role playing a professional clown. 

Mills also starred in an episode of the TV comedy Swedish Dicks, and had a role in the 2013 telemovie Bonnie & Clyde: Justified. 

The actor’s last listed role is the upcoming horror film, Star Light, set for release in August. 

Despite burgeoning fame and photos of domestic bliss, Mills was having trouble with the law in Kentucky. He had been arrested at least four times since 2016. Mills and Price are pictured with their daughter in a 2017 snap

Despite burgeoning fame and photos of domestic bliss, Mills was having trouble with the law in Kentucky. He had been arrested at least four times since 2016. Mills and Price are pictured with their daughter in a 2017 snap

Despite burgeoning fame and photos of domestic bliss, Mills was having trouble with the law in Kentucky. He had been arrested at least four times since 2016. Mills and Price are pictured with their daughter in a 2017 snap 

Mills is pictured in a 2016 social media snap. Erica Price is tagged on the right

Mills is pictured in a 2016 social media snap. Erica Price is tagged on the right

Mills is pictured in a 2016 social media snap. Erica Price is tagged on the right 

But despite his success in Hollywood, Mills frequently returned home to Kentucky, where Price resided. 

The couple began dating in 2012, and welcomed their daughter in 2016.  

However, during his time back in Mayfield, Mills was arrested on multiple occasions. 

Records from the Graves County Jail website show he was arrested for a DUI in 2016, wanton endangerment in 2017, and second degree assault in 2018. 

Mills is pictured in the 2013 telemovie Bonnie & Clyde: Justified

Mills is pictured in the 2013 telemovie Bonnie & Clyde: Justified

Mills is pictured in the 2013 telemovie Bonnie & Clyde: Justified

Mills appeared in the hit FX series Baskets, starring Zach Galifianakis 

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Britain sneaks back to the pub! Smart-thinking landlords find ways around lockdown rules

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Britain’s pubs may be weeks away from officially reopening after the coronavirus lockdown, but smart-thinking landlords are finding ways around the rules to serve up pints to thirsty punters.

Over the weekend Brighton saw long queues of visitors queuing up for a pint, nearly two months after pubs and bars were closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

But with lockdown measures eased, businesses are serving up drinks by serving them either in takeaway cups or in outdoor areas – just in time for hottest day of the year so far. 

Actor Laurence Fox is among the Brits to take advantage of the loophole, he was spotted nursing a pint in Primrose Hill, London, on Monday. 

Actor Laurence Fox enjoyed a takeaway pint in Primrose Hill, London on Monday as landlords find ways around lockdown rules

Actor Laurence Fox enjoyed a takeaway pint in Primrose Hill, London on Monday as landlords find ways around lockdown rules

Actor Laurence Fox enjoyed a takeaway pint in Primrose Hill, London on Monday as landlords find ways around lockdown rules 

Visitors to Brighton beach are among thousands across the country taking advantage of takeaway pints during this week's heatwave

Visitors to Brighton beach are among thousands across the country taking advantage of takeaway pints during this week's heatwave

Visitors to Brighton beach are among thousands across the country taking advantage of takeaway pints during this week’s heatwave 

The Old King's Head in Shoreditch is serving up takeaway pints to thirsty customers today

The Old King's Head in Shoreditch is serving up takeaway pints to thirsty customers today

The Old King’s Head in Shoreditch is serving up takeaway pints to thirsty customers today 

Visitors along Brighton beach can be seen carrying pints in plastic cups, while punters were queuing outside the Old King’s Head in Shoreditch on Wednesday afternoon for a drink on the hottest day of the year – with temperatures reaching 82F. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has devastated the hospitality industry after weeks of lockdown caused sales to plummet and left many businesses facing uncertain futures.

Today UKHospitality, the trade body for the industry, has submitted a 75-page dossier that sets out a roadmap to getting restaurants and pubs open on July 4, that includes ditching the hotel buffet and no more drinkers at the bar.

The dossier has been submitted to ministers, according to The Daily Telegraph

Boris Johnson revealed his lockdown blue-print last Sunday after Brits spent weeks under draconian lockdown measures on imposed by the PM on March 23.  

The Prime Minister has urged people to return to work and hoped that from June 1 schools and shops would reopen.

He also said it’s his ‘ambition’ to start opening some hospitality businesses on July 4, as the PM tries to get the economy kickstarted.

A woman wears a face visor as she carries a tray of drinks at The Althorp in Wandsworth Common as temperatures beings to rise

A woman wears a face visor as she carries a tray of drinks at The Althorp in Wandsworth Common as temperatures beings to rise

A woman wears a face visor as she carries a tray of drinks at The Althorp in Wandsworth Common as temperatures beings to rise

Two people sit on the grass close to The Althorp pub in Wandsworth Common and enjoy beverages on a sunny day

Two people sit on the grass close to The Althorp pub in Wandsworth Common and enjoy beverages on a sunny day

Two people sit on the grass close to The Althorp pub in Wandsworth Common and enjoy beverages on a sunny day 

A group of friends take to London Fields, in north east London on May 20, as temperatures across the country continue to rise

A group of friends take to London Fields, in north east London on May 20, as temperatures across the country continue to rise

A group of friends take to London Fields, in north east London on May 20, as temperatures across the country continue to rise

The newly-released draft plans give a glimpse of how restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities will operate as the country eases out of lockdown, and offers suggestions for how they can operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The industry has been devastated by the health crisis, with sales plummeting and many businesses still unsure if reopening with social distancing rules will be financially viable. 

If pub gardens are open to take advantage of the summer weather, then patrols may have to take place to ensure big groups don’t congregate and social distancing is being kept. 

A group of friends sit in Wandsworth Common and enjoy their drinks despite the social distancing measures still in place

A group of friends sit in Wandsworth Common and enjoy their drinks despite the social distancing measures still in place

A group of friends sit in Wandsworth Common and enjoy their drinks despite the social distancing measures still in place

As lockdown measures begins to ease, revellers are seen taking to the outdoors near Wandsworth Common and enjoy a pint

As lockdown measures begins to ease, revellers are seen taking to the outdoors near Wandsworth Common and enjoy a pint

As lockdown measures begins to ease, revellers are seen taking to the outdoors near Wandsworth Common and enjoy a pint

Takeaway pints are the best Brighton punters can get today, but the hospitality industry hopes pubs and restaurants will be open with new social distancing measures on July 4

Takeaway pints are the best Brighton punters can get today, but the hospitality industry hopes pubs and restaurants will be open with new social distancing measures on July 4

Takeaway pints are the best Brighton punters can get today, but the hospitality industry hopes pubs and restaurants will be open with new social distancing measures on July 4

A group of men walk topless and carry beers as Britons across the country enjoy the warm weather and find ways around the lockdown

A group of men walk topless and carry beers as Britons across the country enjoy the warm weather and find ways around the lockdown

A group of men walk topless and carry beers as Britons across the country enjoy the warm weather and find ways around the lockdown

A man in Bournemouth walks bare-foot as he carries a beer and a small drink

A man in Bournemouth walks bare-foot as he carries a beer and a small drink

There were long queues for a beer in Brighton on Sunday

There were long queues for a beer in Brighton on Sunday

A man in Bournemouth walks bare-foot as he carries a beer and a small drink while a long queue forms outside a bar on Brighton beach

As temperatures continue to soar across the country, two men enjoyed a pint near the The Althorp in Wandsworth Common

As temperatures continue to soar across the country, two men enjoyed a pint near the The Althorp in Wandsworth Common

As temperatures continue to soar across the country, two men enjoyed a pint near the The Althorp in Wandsworth Common

Two sunbathers sat on the grass in Wandsworth Common today as hundreds of people decided to leave their homes to bask in the sunshine

Two sunbathers sat on the grass in Wandsworth Common today as hundreds of people decided to leave their homes to bask in the sunshine

Two sunbathers sat on the grass in Wandsworth Common today as hundreds of people decided to leave their homes to bask in the sunshine

A man holds two pints of beer outside The Althorp in Wandsworth Common as hundreds of Britons decided to enjoy the sunshine

A man holds two pints of beer outside The Althorp in Wandsworth Common as hundreds of Britons decided to enjoy the sunshine

A man holds two pints of beer outside The Althorp in Wandsworth Common as hundreds of Britons decided to enjoy the sunshine

A group of sunbathers enjoy the hot weather in Greenwich Park, London, today as Britons across the country found ways around the lockdown

A group of sunbathers enjoy the hot weather in Greenwich Park, London, today as Britons across the country found ways around the lockdown

A group of sunbathers enjoy the hot weather in Greenwich Park, London, today as Britons across the country found ways around the lockdown

Rather than being able to grab hold of a bottle of ketchup or mustard, individually wrapped condiments will be encouraged instead. 

Any use of a menu should be limited and cleaned after use by a member of staff. 

The dossier released today explained how drinkers will be discouraged from queuing up at bars, with table service encouraged instead.

Tape on the floor will indicate social distancing guidelines.

Other options that pubs could consider is getting customers to order from one till and then collecting drinks at a separate pick up point.  

When leaving the pub or getting another drink many people will take their empty glasses back to the bar so staff don’t have to come and collect them.

As the R rate falls, more businesses will be able to reopen, Boris Johnson explained on May 10

As the R rate falls, more businesses will be able to reopen, Boris Johnson explained on May 10

As the R rate falls, more businesses will be able to reopen, Boris Johnson explained on May 10 

But the document says that glasses should now be collected by staff.

Pubs will also have to put in place a plan for toilets to ensure they don’t become overcrowded. 

Easing lockdown measures earlier this month, Mr Johnson said some parts of the hospitality industry could reopen by July ‘at the earliest,’ if coronavirus infection rates declined to a safe level.

The PM said on May 10: ‘If and only if the numbers support it, we will hope to reopen at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places, provided they are safe and enforce social distancing.’

A gentleman grabs a couple of cold beers in Bournemouth at a bar selling take away beers as temperatures continue to soar

A gentleman grabs a couple of cold beers in Bournemouth at a bar selling take away beers as temperatures continue to soar

A gentleman grabs a couple of cold beers in Bournemouth at a bar selling take away beers as temperatures continue to soar

A group of young people queue up at a Bournemouth bar to grab a beer in the hot and sunny weather today

A group of young people queue up at a Bournemouth bar to grab a beer in the hot and sunny weather today

A group of young people queue up at a Bournemouth bar to grab a beer in the hot and sunny weather today

A group of people seemed to ignore social distancing rules as they waited for a take away beer on a sunny afternoon on the south coast

A group of people seemed to ignore social distancing rules as they waited for a take away beer on a sunny afternoon on the south coast

A group of people seemed to ignore social distancing rules as they waited for a take away beer on a sunny afternoon on the south coast

Premises have been allowed to operate take-away services during the lockdown in an attempt to keep businesses afloat. 

A Whitehall source told The Telegraph that adopting outdoor business could mean a ‘more vibrant style of continental town centres in the summer’. 

Professor Alan Penn, a member of SAGE, the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, reassured that those venturing outdoors that the risk of catching the virus outside is lower.

He said: ‘The science suggests that being outside in sunlight, with good ventilation, are both highly protective against transmission of the virus.’

Landlords at pubs, including The Gate House in Highgate, have found creative ways to keep serving locals as lockdown measures start to ease

Landlords at pubs, including The Gate House in Highgate, have found creative ways to keep serving locals as lockdown measures start to ease

Landlords at pubs, including The Gate House in Highgate, have found creative ways to keep serving locals as lockdown measures start to ease 

Other scientists say they ‘totally agree’ with Professor Penn and advocate spending more time outdoors, where the virus is less likely to survive. 

Earlier today it was revealed up to 1,500 English primary schools are now expected to remain closed in 12 days’ time despite millions of children being at home for more than eight weeks. 

At least 13 mainly Labour councils have refused to reopen schools on June 1, a date Boris Johnson set for some pupils to return after weeks in lockdown.

Justice Minister Robert Buckland admitted this morning that the June 1 reopening date may now not be ‘uniform’ across England – as the Prime Minister’s pledge descended into chaos amid mass dissension from school staff, unions and local councils.   

Mr Buckland told the BBC: ‘I don’t think any of us want to put either children or our dedicated teaching staff in any danger at all, and the question of being safe is clearly paramount. 

‘So we’re all working towards June 1 and planning for that return, but I accept the point that there may well be issues from employers that need to be addressed which might not mean we’ll see a uniform approach on June 1.

75-page hospitality industry report sets out roadmap to getting restaurants and pubs open on July 4  

The hospitality industry has submitted a 75 page report setting out a roadmap to getting restaurants and pubs open on July 4, that includes ditching the hotel buffet and no more drinkers at the bar.

The dossier has been submitted to ministers by UKHospitality, the trade body for the industry, as reported by The Daily Telegraph.

Boris Johnson revealed his lockdown blue-print last Sunday after Brits spent weeks under draconian lockdown measures on imposed by the PM on March 23.

The Prime Minister has urged people to return to work and hoped that from June 1 schools and shops would reopen.

He also said it’s his ‘ambition’ to start opening some hospitality businesses on July 4, as the PM tries to get the economy kickstarted.

The newly-released draft plans give a glimpse of how restaurants, bars and other leisure facilities will operate as the country eases out of lockdown, and offers suggestions for how they can operate safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

The industry has been devastated by the health crisis, with sales plummeting and many businesses still unsure if reopening with social distancing rules will be financially viable.

This picture shows a Wetherpoon pub in south London when it was still open. The graphics show what could happen if pubs reopen in July

This picture shows a Wetherpoon pub in south London when it was still open. The graphics show what could happen if pubs reopen in July

This picture shows a Wetherpoon pub in south London when it was still open. The graphics show what could happen if pubs reopen in July

Pubs and Restaurants

In pubs and restaurants salt and pepper shakers will be removed from tables and instead brought to customers along with cutlery, instead of it being on the table when you sit down.

Drinkers will also be discouraged from queuing up at the bar, and table service will be encouraged.

To prevent people not respecting social distancing guidelines there will be tape on the floor showing the appropriate distance needed.

Other options that pubs could consider is getting customers to order from one till and then collecting drinks at a separate pick up point.

When leaving the pub or getting another drink many people will take their empty glasses back to the bar so staff don’t have to come and collect them.

But the document says that glasses should now be collected by staff.

Pubs will also have to put in place a plan for toilets to ensure they don’t become overcrowded.

Drinkers are pictured at JJ Moon's in Tooting, south London, on March 20, the final day Wetherspoon was open nationwide

Drinkers are pictured at JJ Moon's in Tooting, south London, on March 20, the final day Wetherspoon was open nationwide

Drinkers are pictured at JJ Moon’s in Tooting, south London, on March 20, the final day Wetherspoon was open nationwide 

If pub gardens are open to take advantage of the summer weather, then patrols may have to take place to ensure big groups don’t congregate and social distancing is being kept.

Rather than being able to grab hold of a bottle of ketchup or mustard, individually wrapped condiments will be encouraged instead.

Any use of a menu should be limited and cleaned after use by a member of staff.

Chairman of Wetherspoon Tim Martin previously said he was hoping to start re-opening its pubs and hotels ‘in or around June’.

He was forced to close all 900 pubs and furlough 40,000 workers before Britain went on lockdown.

The 64-year-old said: ‘If someone offered me the opportunity now to have it under supervised conditions, I think I’d probably take it because your chances are very, very good.’

He told Sky at the time: ‘Supermarkets are very, very crowded. Pubs are much less crowded.

‘There’s hardly been any transmission of the virus within pubs and I think it’s over the top to shut them. That’s a commercial view but also a common sense view.’

He claimed that a nationwide shutdown was ‘draconian’ and that it didn’t offer ‘health benefits’.

Mr Martin had hoped he could get away with introducing social distancing in his pubs, with a ‘regulars only’ policy in some.  

An empty beer garden at the Greene King Stag and Hounds pub in Farnham Common during the coronavirus lockdown

An empty beer garden at the Greene King Stag and Hounds pub in Farnham Common during the coronavirus lockdown

An empty beer garden at the Greene King Stag and Hounds pub in Farnham Common during the coronavirus lockdown

He said that people would be able to keep their distance more easily as footfall dropped with some unable to leave the house due to underlying health conditions.

Rival pub chain Greene King has previously said it wants to open beer gardens and customers will be able to order from an app.

Chief executive Nick McKenzie said customers would not be allowed in the pub in order to keep to social distancing guidelines.

The British Beer and Pub Association chief executive Emma McClarkin previously said: ‘Re-opening in July will be great for those pubs who can meet the social-distancing measures required by then.

‘We stand ready to work with the Government to help pubs re-open in a safe and financially viable way as soon as possible.’

Environment Secretary George Eustice has said he hopes that pubs can return imminently, if they are able to abide by social distancing guidelines.

Mr Eustice told the Commons: ‘Of course we also recognise that until things return to something closer to normal and they can open normally, hopefully later this summer, then it will not give them all of the trade they previously had.’

Hotels

A warm handshake from a hotel owner or bed and breakfast host could well become a thing of the past.

Instead staff will be encouraged to greet guests in a way that abides by social distancing guidelines.

At hotels, hotels buffets will be strongly discouraged, meaning breakfast self-service available in thousands of hotels across the country will be ditched.

Guests who want to use the gym or any spa facilities will be encouraged to use their rooms to prevent overcrowding in changing rooms.

Similar rules for eating and drinking apply would apply at hotels, as would apply at restaurants and bars.

In terms of room-service staff will be encouraged to knock on the door and leave the tray outside, rather than engage with the customer.

Rooms keys will also have to be regularly disinfected and staff will have to keep a social distance if they help guests with luggage.

There will be no queueing and table service or apps will be prioritised to ensure social distancing.

Any outdoor areas would have to be regularly patrolled and queues at the front desks would have to be managed.

The hotel industry has been severely hit like many operators, with a number of them now housing homeless people during the pandemic.

Keith Barr, chief executive of IHG, which owns the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands said hotels must make ‘visible’ changes to hygiene standards to encourage customers to come back.

He also said the company was trialling electostatic sprayers and removing standard guest room items, such as a pen and paper.

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots. Five hotels are around the city are using robots to help limit the spread, one being the world's first social humanoid Pepper (left)

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots. Five hotels are around the city are using robots to help limit the spread, one being the world's first social humanoid Pepper (left)

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined at hotels in Tokyo staffed by robots. Five hotels are around the city are using robots to help limit the spread, one being the world’s first social humanoid Pepper (left)

Mr Barr told the Financial Times: ‘Covid-19 represents the most significant challenge both IHG and our industry have ever faced,’ he said after the company’s first-quarter update on Thursday.

This week other industry bosses also spoke about the importance of hygiene standards to lure customers back to an industry that has been a huge fall in sales.

At an industry event early this week the chief executive of Radisson Hotel Group Federico J González, said the industry should have a united approach to cleaning and hygiene.

Speaking on a panel session as part of an In Sync virtual event, he said: ‘Giving the consumer a common reference is one of the things that if the industry fails at doing it, we will pay for it.

‘Stars mean nothing to today’s consumers because every different region has classified this in a different way… [they need] a reference they truly understand.’

And David Kong of BWH Hotel Group said cleanliness will become ‘the most important element of why someone would pick a hotel’, as reported by The Caterer.

Amusement Parks

At theme parks, capacity on roller coasters and other rides could be reduced by leaving middle seats empty if visitors are riding from different groups.

Amusement parks and other family entertainment sites may be forced to cancel character shows, concerts and end of day parades to ensure compliance with potential social distancing rules.

Queues for specific rides will have to abide by social distancing measures which means there could be less capacity on certain rides.

Getting food and drink at the various eateries at an attraction will also have to abide by social distancing guidelines.

In an update to guests this week Alton Towers said it was taking advice from theme parks around the world about when to open safely.

In an announcement on Monday the resort said: ‘Since the Resort closed, we’ve been working tirelessly to make sure that when it is safe to reopen we are absolutely ready to welcome you back.

‘We’ve been taking advice from colleagues across the globe on how best to reopen in line with new safety guidelines.

‘From enhanced cleaning regimes to social distancing measures, we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure that you have a brilliant, safe, visit.   

Shanghai Disneyland sets up social distancing queues ready for the reopening of the attraction

Shanghai Disneyland sets up social distancing queues ready for the reopening of the attraction

Shanghai Disneyland sets up social distancing queues ready for the reopening of the attraction

‘We’ll be sharing our plans for reopening soon. For now we’re asking guests with short breaks booked June 1 and July 3 to visit altontowers.com to find out how to move your booking.

‘In our 40th Birthday season, we’re determined to be here for you and your families, offering fun, thrills and fantastic memories, as we have done for decades and will continue to do for many more.

‘Please keep smiling, clapping and supporting each other. See you soon.’

Kate Nicholls, the body’s chief executive, told the newspaper: ‘We will be ready to restart in England on July 4, and other parts of the country when allowed, but it’s vital that reopening is done in the right way, at the right time and with the right support – so that our industry can help bring employees, customers and communities back together safely over the coming months.

‘The summer is a crucial time for the sector. The great British public deserve safe accommodation, eating and drinking out experiences, holidays and leisure time; the financial cost is a justified investment in our nation’s well-being and the future of the economy.’

 

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COVID-19 border rules spark state tension

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Australia’s deputy chief medical officer says there’s no reason for borders to be shut as state leaders squabble over coronavirus-related border closures.

NSW will relax travel rules within the state from June 1 with regional travel allowed for interstate visitors and residents.

But Queensland is holding firm, telling its tourism industry to prepare for a likely September reopening of its state borders.

WA, SA and the NT are also maintaining hardline approaches on border closures amid fears of a second wave of infections.

Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly says the national health advisory committee has made no decision nor offered advice on state border closures.

“From a medical point of view, I can’t see why the borders are still closed,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Just 13 new cases were recorded over the past 24 hours, giving Australia 535 active cases out of its total of 7079, which includes 100 deaths.

South Australia and the ACT have no active cases, the NT has one but has not recorded a new infection in four weeks, while Western Australia has four and Queensland 12.

WA Premier Mark McGowan knows his tough stance is frustrating political leaders on the other side of the country.

“It might inconvenience the NSW premier and some people from the eastern states, but frankly, I don’t give a damn,” he said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the move would be an opportunity for her state as the tourism sector returns to life.

Queensland’s chief health officer Jeannette Young flagged the possibility of borders remaining shut beyond September if infections weren’t controlled.

Professor Kelly said there would almost certainly be more cases found as the nation’s economy and society began reopening, but the system was designed to find them quickly and minimise the number of people in the chains of transmission.

South Australia will allow dining for up to 10 people in restaurants and cafes from June 5, three days earlier than planned.

The ACT will move to the second step of relaxing restrictions, allowing groups of up to 20, from May 29.

There have been almost six million downloads of the coronavirus contract tracing app, with Victorian and NSW health authorities confirming they have used the data for the first time.

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