Pubs are set to reopen around the country this weekend, as the government has given the go-ahead for bars and restaurants to get back up and running from July 4. However, there are strict guidelines in place in order for pubs to reopen to the public. Wetherspoons has outlined how it will be keeping customers safe – including one shocking change to its pubs.
Customers may be disappointed to hear the news, but the move could make a difference to the levels of transmission.
The company has posted an update on its website to reveal the ways that it will be protecting staff and customers from the virus.
“In advance of reopening, a comprehensive review of pub and hotel operations has taken place – and the Wetherspoon COVID-19 Secure Operating Plan has been developed,” a statement read.
“It has been written following extensive consultation with employees, at all levels, and incorporates advice from government, Reading Borough Council (which liaises with other local authorities on our behalf) and others. In addition, the trade association UK Hospitality has developed its own protocols (COVID-19 Secure advice and risk assessment for hospitality businesses) which have been incorporated also, where relevant.
“Operating safely in a COVID-19 environment is essentially a matter of trying to eliminate the risk of transmission of the virus and, where that is not possible, introducing mitigating measures – for the safety of employees, customers and others with reason to visit our pubs.”
As well as turning off the televisions, the pub chain has put in place other measures to keep punters as safe as possible.
Customers will have to keep the bar clear, queueing only at the till to get the drinks in, and capacity will be restricted.
Furniture has been specifically positioned for social distancing and shouldn’t be moved, while children have to stay seated so that they’re not moving between tables.
The chain is also offering table service so that you can order and pay for food and drinks via the Wetherspoons app, and front doors will be left open for extra ventilation.