Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge warns of tough times ahead for restaurants

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Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge warned of tough times ahead for restaurants reopening their doors under social distancing rules.

Kerridge, who opened his first London restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel, said smaller independent restaurants may struggle to survive.

Speaking to ITV News he said some businesses could lose the unique atmosphere created when people eat out.

Boris Johnson is expected to set out a plan on how the UK will exit lockdown on Sunday, three days after the government must review the restrictions.

But ahead of the deadline the prime minister posted a video saying easing the rules now would be the "worst thing we could do".

Mr Kerridge said many restaurants operated on tight financial margins which would make doing business with social distancing "very difficult".

Government ministers have been under pressure to explain their exit strategy but have so far resisted the calls – warning that to do so risks undermining the message to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus.