With Coronavirus forcing pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars to close to the public (with some changing their business to provide takeaway food and drink) many in England rejoice as they’re only days away from reopening. But how will things change?
Below are the new rules to get ready for restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs reopening on 4th July 2020.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO DO TO GET A DRINK?
You may need to call ahead and book a table at your local pub. Do check with them to avoid being turned away. To gain entry you will be asked to leave your contact details when you arrive, many establishments will hold on to your details for 21 days so you can be contacted if someone who visited later tests positive for Covid-19.
HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN I MEET WITH?
Listed in the rules, you can only meet up with members of ONE other household and only in a group of SIX. There will be no mass gatherings allowed.
WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE INSIDE?
The majority will re-open with screens, a one-way system, 1m to 2m distanced tables. You can also expect hand gel available around the venue. Some have removed a selection of tables to allow for social distancing.
Most pubs are switching to table service with orders via an app. Ordering at the bar is not banned (some venues may have stopped this being allowed) but from the 4th July, there is no drinking at the bar allowed.
Payments will be contactless.
Doors and windows are to be kept open to allow additional ventilation. Additional doors within the venue may be kept open to reduce touch points and lower risk of contamination.
Pubs are being urged to use a one in one out system with toilets to minimise customer interaction.
Music should not be played, if it is, it should be kept at a low level to prevent people from shouting and increasing the risk of transmission.
Those hoping to watch sporting events, will have to wait a little longer, as these will not be broadcast in pubs
The Government guidance reads “This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission.”
In addition it also states “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”
A venue is not permitted to allow more than 30 people inside, even if the venue’s capacity is beyond this number.
Venues that provide food have been advised to use disposable condiments and cutlery to minimise the risk of transmission from shared condiment bottles and cutlery.
Remember, if you are visiting your favourite restaurant, bars, cafes or pubs reopening on 4th July, don’t rely on them to keep you safe. Take sanitiser with you, wash your hands thoroughly, avoid touching your face and continue with good hygiene.
Above all, have fun, keep your distance and stay safe.