Firms are facing “confusing and contradictory advice” from the government about how to operate as the economy enters the final stage of reopening, it has been claimed.

Business groups broadly welcomed confirmation that social distancing rules will be removed and venues such as nightclubs allowed to resume trading as England’s lockdown rules are eased further next week.

It should also mean that 2,000 more pubs which are unviable under present restrictions – such as table-only service – will be able to start pouring pints again.

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