Pubs reopen: Do you have to book a table to go to your local pub?

Pubs reopen on July 4, hailed by millions of people as “Super Saturday”, which will see a return of traditional British drinking on a COVID-19 backdrop. The latest change is arguably the most significant introduced by the Government since the pandemic lockdown began, and will ultimately see public gatherings become the norm once more. However, people’s newfound freedom comes with a caveat, as they will have to abide by the litany of coronavirus measures still in place.

Do you have to book a table to go to the pub?

One of the several issues officials have targeted in regards to reopening pubs is social distancing.

On any “normal” day when coronavirus was not a threat, Saturday roads would pack most locations wall-to-wall.

However, now publicans have to navigate swelling crowds, and part of this means reducing footfall.

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As such, the Government has asked pubs to keep them away from the bar, where infections are more likely to spread, and confined to tables.

Tables must take up to six people allowed to socialise per new guidelines, wither from walk-in or online bookings.

Officials have not clarified whether people must book a table, but prospective pub-goers would be wise to do so.

The monumental nature of Super Saturday will leave millions of people clamouring for a seat, and pubs will quickly fill, making online bookings the best way to assure a pint.

Pubs need these measures more than other settings, as experts have identified them as breeding grounds for the disease.

Speaking at the Government’s press conference today, Sir Patrick Vallance, the Chief Scientific Adviser, warned pubs could facilitate “super spreading”.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer, acknowledged Super Saturday would not be without danger.

He said: Professor Whitty added: “None of us believe, and I’m sure nobody watching this believes, this is a risk-free next step. It is absolutely not, that is why we have to be really serious about it.”


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