North East UK news Drinkers will be able to enter pubs to pay for their pints on April 12 MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - There won't be a ban on going inside a pub, restaurant or cafes to pay the bill - but it should be avoided if possible
Breaking News ! Drinkers won't be banned from paying for their rounds inside pubs after April 12, the Government has said. But there will be strict limits on the number of people who can do so at a time, and indoor payments should be a "last resort". A spokesperson for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy made the clarification following an article in The Telegraph which claimed landlords would not be allowed to take payment inside. The newspaper said drinkers had been urged to take cash with them when they returned to beer gardens, as many pubs in rural areas may struggle to use card machines outside due to signal issues. Responding on Twitter, a Government spokesperson said: "There is no ban on taking payment indoors when pubs reopen from April 12. "Payment should be taken outdoors where possible, but can be taken indoors as a last resort. This is to limit time indoors where transmission of the virus is higher." According to the detailed Government guidance, which will come into force when England hits the next stage on the roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, staff "should take payment at the table or at another outdoor location". What do you think of possible plans to introduce vaccine passports for holidays, pubs and events? Please take our short survey below: However, the guidance adds: "If it’s not possible to take payment outdoors, for example due to a technical issue, you can take payment indoors as a last resort.
." Venues are also encouraged to take contactless payments where possible and to ensure staff maintain a distance from customers while taking payments. There are a limited number of other situations in which customers can go inside pubs and cafes under the new regulations, which only allow people to consume food or drink from tables outside a venue. People can go inside to use toilets, and indoor toilets (or portable toilets) must be available to beer garden customers. The facilities "should be kept open and carefully managed to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 ", the regulations say. Venues should: "consider the use of social distancing marking in areas where queues normally form, and the adoption of a limited entry approach, with 1 in, 1 out (whilst avoiding the creation of additional bottlenecks)". People will also be able to walk through pubs to access beer gardens which can't be reached from the outside, with venues urged to carefully managed the flow of people with the likes of one-way systems and outdoor queues, to promote social distancing. Anyone who goes inside a pub should wear a face covering, unless exempt.
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