Coronavirus and travel: As Aer Lingus shows, social distancing is a thorny issue for the travel industry — but some sectors are rising to the challenge

Social distancing presents challenges for high-traffic situations (Photo: Getty) While it is expected that consumer demand will be initially suppressed as borders begin to reopen and travel restrictions eased, industry stakeholders have expressed concern about social distancing requirements and their impact on the economic structure of the aviation industry. Questions about social distancing also loom over theme parks and cultural institutions, with advance bookings likely to be required in future, with numbers capped. However the Lithuanian capital Vilnius has said that the city's public spaces will be given over to cafes, restaurants and bars to allow for social distancing throughout the summer months.