Full return of pubs and restaurants on July 5th looking unlikely

Scheduled reopening of indoor hospitality grows doubtful amid fears of Delta variant

There are concerns at senior levels of Government that a delay may lead to further extensions. Photograph: Alan Betson

There are concerns at senior levels of Government that a delay may lead to further extensions. Photograph: Alan Betson

A delay to the reopening of indoor hospitality is seen as increasingly likely, with Government and official sources expecting advice to stall the full reopening of restaurants and pubs beyond July 5th.

However, there are also concerns at senior levels of Government a delay may lead to further extensions, with the next window for more reopening not arising until as late as autumn.

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