UKHospitality has welcomed the publication of government guidance for hospitality businesses to reopen and begin serving customers safely.
Boris Johnson announced this week that restaurants can relaunch from July 4.
Sector-specific guidelines have also been published, providing further details on the measures business owners should take to ensure trading is as low risk as possible.
UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “It is reassuring that the government has understood the need for flexibility, demonstrating that they have listened to businesses.
“The guidance is pragmatic and should provide venues with enough versatility to suit their own unique circumstances. This is exactly what was needed to avoid restricting venues and making the job of reopening even harder.
“The emphasis is now going to be on businesses and customers to exercise some responsibility and ensuring that the guidance works optimally. Venues are acutely aware of the need to build up trust and consumer confidence, and make customers feel safe in their venues.
“Looking after our guests is the hospitality sector’s modus operandi, so we have plenty of experience in taking care of customers and I am confident we can rise to this challenge.”