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Forget propping up the bar in the pub for a bit, UK's Gove says

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Opening up pubs, restaurants and bars after the coronavirus lockdown is difficult and so there will be no standing at the bar in pubs for a long time, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

[LONDON] Opening up pubs, restaurants and bars after the coronavirus lockdown is difficult and so there will be no standing at the bar in pubs for a long time, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday.

"It's going to be more difficult with pubs, restaurants and bars in full," Mr Gove told LBC Radio. "What I hope we may be able to see is people being able to have outdoor hospitality, so that you can enjoy a drink in the garden of a pub or eat outdoors in a cafe."

"I think it's going to be very very difficult for us to return to any of us standing at the bar or any of us mingling in a cafe indoors in a way that we have in the past," he said.

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