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UK News Quarter of people in England ‘have dined out since lockdown measures eased’

17:19  15 july  2020
17:19  15 july  2020 Source:   pressassociation.com

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Lockdown restrictions imposed in March were initially eased in England on 13 May, when people were allowed to spend more time outdoors. A further 30,000 volunteers were recruited for an upscaled study to assess the rate of coronavirus infection in England during the month of June

Currently, people in England can only meet one other person from another household at a distance in a public place. Speaking at Thursday's Downing Street briefing, Mr Johnson told people they should "try to After Easter, the government set out five conditions for easing lockdown measures safely.

a man and a woman standing in a room: It is hoped that Government initiatives will help to support the hospitality industry and encourage more diners to eat out (Victoria Jones/PA) © Victoria Jones It is hoped that Government initiatives will help to support the hospitality industry and encourage more diners to eat out (Victoria Jones/PA)

Nearly one in four (24%) people in England say they have dined out since the lockdown eased on July 4, a survey has found.

People in London were the most likely to have eaten out, with nearly a third (31%) having done so, while those in Yorkshire and the Humber were the least likely at about one in eight (12%), Lloyds Bank found.

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In lockdown the government provided vouchers to families whose children qualified for free school meals, but initially said it would not continue after term time. Last month a poll found that a quarter of people in Wales supported independence – the largest proportion recorded in an opinion survey.

During the lockdown , people became more and more pessimistic about a swift return to "normal life", according to surveys by the Office for National That may well change as the latest and most substantial easing of lockdown in England started on Saturday. Pubs and the rest of the hospitality

However, nearly half (47%) of people who have eaten out say they have already faced the awkward conversation about splitting the bill.

Not wanting to pay for more than they had eaten and salary considerations were among the reasons people thought some costs should be covered more by others.

Further research by Lloyds also found that nearly half (45%) of men would be prepared to pick up the costs of eating out with a love interest, compared with just one in 10 (10%) women.

It is hoped that Government initiatives such as VAT cuts and the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme will help to support the hospitality industry and encourage more diners to eat out.

Jo Harris, managing director at Lloyds Bank, said: “With restaurant dinners back on the menu following the easing of lockdown restrictions, for many this could be a good time to stop and consider how our fellow diners may be feeling about the prospect.

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People in England can spend more time outside, meet a friend at the park and move home, as the government begins easing some lockdown measures . In England , employers have been issued with guidelines on keeping workplaces as safe as possible, including the use of staggered shifts and

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“Over the last few months many people’s finances have been affected in ways in which they could have never expected or prepared for; even something as seemingly innocent as arranging a meal out could now create new concerns or anxieties about money.

“Being brave enough to have open and honest conversation about our finances could not only make all the difference to the dinnertime dynamic but it could also help people feel more in control of their money and how they are able to manage it.”

Here are the percentages of people in England who said yes when asked if they have dined out in a cafe, restaurant or bar since the lockdown eased on July 4, according to Lloyds Bank.

A survey of more than 1,000 people took place between July 10 and 12:

– North East, 26%

– North West, 27%

– Yorkshire and the Humber , 12%

– East Midlands, 23%

– West Midlands, 22%

– East of England, 20%

– London, 31%

– South East, 23%

– South West, 24%

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