The UK Government has set up five new ministerial-led ‘roadmap taskforces’ dedicated to reopening closed industries in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The statement from the government said that certain businesses like pubs, hotels and shops carry a higher risk of infection due to the close proximity customers find themselves in.
Therefore the taskforces will guide these industries to reopening safely in the coming months.
The statement reads: “These taskforces will be crucial to the reopening of Britain’s economy and each one will lead on developing new COVID-19 secure guidelines for the reopening of public places and businesses, where and when it is safe to do so.”
The full list of industries targeted, and which department will oversee the reopening, reads:
- pubs and restaurants (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy)
- non-essential retail (including salons) (Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy)
- recreation and leisure, including tourism, culture and heritage, libraries, entertainment and sport (Department for Culture, Media and Sport)
- places of worship (Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government)
- international aviation, reflecting the unique challenges that sector is facing (Department for Transport)
The government said that the taskforces will work with information from government, the ever-growing mass of scientific research on COVID-19, as well as recommendations from industry experts, developing the new guidelines on an industry-by-industry basis.