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MetiNews.Com - Booking ahead, table service, using apps, regular cleaning and all the other changes you will see at pubs and restaurants from this weekend
Breaking News ! Pubs will be allowed to open their doors to customers for the first time over three months this weekend. Hospitality venues such as pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants have been given the green light to re-open as part of the latest easing of lockdown measures which saw them ordered to close back in March. However the experience of going for a drink or a meal is set to look and feel very different with government issuing strict guidance on measures venues must take to become 'Covid secure.' Under the rules which come into force this weekend, people will only be allowed to meet those in their household and social bubble and one other household or social bubble, in groups of up to six, indoors to prevent big gatherings. Staff at the Green King pub Fort St George in Cambridge demonstrating how their new system will work (Image: PA) However you can meet up with one household one day, and another household the next. The six-person limit will also apply to beer gardens, although friends from more than two households will be permitted to socialise in outdoor spaces. The two metre social distancing rule is being amended to 'one metre plus' to help more venues be able to re-open. Read More Related Articles Get the day's most-important news direct to your inbox Read More Related Articles Schools and non-essential shops to close in Leicester as city is first area to enter 'local lockdown' over coronavirus cases spike It recommended you always try and stay at least two metres from those outside hour household however in places where that is not possible such as some pubs and restaurants, you should for aim for at least one metre with mitigations. In practice these required mitigations mean big changes to the way many pubs and restaurants operated before the pandemic. They will have strict limits on numbers with many taking out tables, insisting on reserving a table beforehand and asking for payment via mobile app. Plastic screens at a branch of Weatherspoons in Muswell Hill, London (Image: Getty Images) Not every venue will be open from Saturday, some have taken the decision to wait and people are advised to call ahead. For those that are opening there will be some key changes to how things work. Wetherspoons already announced hows its pubs will adapt - with screens installed, one-way systems, socially distanced tables and hand sanitiser dispensers installed throughout pubs. There will also be increased cleaning with them taking on two new staff at every pub just to regularly clean all key surfaces. Here are the rules that every venue will have to follow when they re-open their doors, reports The Express. Time at the bar and table service Pubs can currently serve takeaway and delivery beer, but the new rules which come into effect from July 4 will allow customers to sit and enjoy their drinks on-site. Customers will however not be permitted to drink at the bar. Instead, all drinks orders will be taken via table service. The Government has asked pubs to enable this in a bid to limit the contact between staff and customers. (Image: PA) Payment and registering your details Visitors will be asked to give their name and contact details to the pub either when they make a booking, or when they arrive.
. The Government guidance reads: “You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. “This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.” Contactless ordering and payment methods will be encouraged. Venues with apps such as Wetherspoons are encouraging visitors to order using these rather than from members of staff.
Punters will be asked to pay via apps or contactless card
One-way systems and ventilation Inside pubs, one-way systems will be used to ensure people do not cross paths. Single-direction traffic will is aimed at reducing congestion and minimising contact between customers. The Government guidance says that doors should be left open, where appropriate, to reduce touchpoints. Maintaining good ventilation is also important and therefore windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible it adds. In addition, pubs are urged to use a one in one out system at toilets to minimise customer interaction.
Loud music, football and live performances Live performances are not permitted, including music, drama and comedy. Customers should also be able to keep at normal volumes as speaking at loud volumes can increase the risk of transition. The Government guidance reads: “All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. “This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult. “This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission.” Those hoping to watch football or other live sport at the pub will not be able to as the activity associated with watching live sport is considered to be too risky at the moment.
Hand sanitiser dispensers will be stationed throughout pubs
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Number limits and disposable condiments and cutlery When sitting inside pubs or restaurants, people will be allowed to gather at a social distance in groups of six, with a maximum of two households involved. This six-person limit will also apply to pub gardens, although friends from more than two households will be permitted to socialise. A venue is not permitted to allow more than 30 people inside, even if the venue’s capacity is beyond this number. Pubs offering food are advised to use disposable condiments and cutlery to minimise the risk of transmission from shared condiment bottles and cutlery.