Pubs with beer gardens and terraces should be among the first to reopen once the coronavirus lockdown is eased, the UK’s leading representative body for pubs and brewers has suggested.

The roughly 27,000 pubs with outdoor areas should be best placed to meet the social distancing restrictions required for reopening from 4 July, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said on Thursday.

“We want to explore all opportunities for our nation’’ pubs to reopen safely and viably as soon as is possible,” said BBPA chief executive Emma McClarkin.