June 15, 2020 / 12:42 PM / a month ago

Review into two-metre rule to be completed in coming weeks, says PM's spokesman

FILE PHOTO: A social distance sign is pictured amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Newcastle, Britain June 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lee Smith/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s government hopes to complete a review into whether the country should stick to a social distancing measure of keeping people 2 metres apart in the coming weeks, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

The review into the 2-metre rule comes after some businesses, especially in the hospitality industry, complained they could not return profits if customers had to stand far apart, citing other countries where the distances are smaller.

“It will be completed in the coming weeks,” the spokesman told reporters, adding that the review would be chaired by Simon Case, permanent secretary at Number 10, and would report to Johnson.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Kate Holton

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