Pubs, bars and restaurants, will not be able to reopen until May under a phased reopening programme, according to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, The Daily Mail has reported.

It claims the blueprint for lifting the UK out of lockdown will see curbs eased at four-weekly intervals, starting with hotels reopening at Easter, pubs and restaurants in May, and the rule of six indoors to be introduced in June. But it will not be until July that everything reopens fully, it reported.

The government is due to officially unveil its roadmap on Monday (22 February), in which it will set out the order in which rules are to be lifted and the target dates.

Hospitality leaders have been campaigning for pubs, bars and restaurants to reopen at the same time as non-essential shops, but according to the report, non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen a the end of March/start of April, while hospitality will have to wait until May.

At that time a maximum of two households will be allowed to sit together indoors and the rule of six will apply outside.

The rule of six will then be extended indoors in June, and it is expected that hospitality will be able to operate close normal by July – but still with social distancing.