26th June 2020

Pubs are opening again – with a difference

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Pubs are opening again – with a difference.
Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in England will be opening again, with some restrictions, from the 4th July. This move from Boris Johnson has been largely welcomed, alongside a reduction of social distancing from the absolute “2 metres” to the more nuanced “1 metre plus”.

However, the use of face masks, room dividers and mandatory table service, the British boozer is likely to be a little different to the pre Covid-19 reality.
Some pubs and restaurants are taking advantage of their garden and car park space to create attractive areas using marquees to provide customers with socially distanced options. The new rules have provided some flexibility to allow pubs and restaurants to open up and trade, but it remains to be seen how this works in practice.

Certainly, utilising existing outdoor spaces by erecting temporary marquee structures is a solid option, especially through the summer months. More robust temporary buildings are a further option for the colder months with their insulation and heating possibilities.

One thing is for certain, the return of the pub is a positive boost for the taste buds and hopefully the economy as well.

Here are some of the key points from the www.gov.uk website:

• requiring use of table service where possible instead of ordering at the bar and assigning a single staff member per table
• encouraging use of contactless ordering from tables where available, such as through an app
• discouraging non-essential trips by staff within venues, such as between the kitchen and front of house, by using radios and other electronic devices to communicate
• encouraging customers to use hand sanitiser or handwashing facilities as they enter the venue
• providing clear guidance on social distancing and hygiene as people arrive on the premises, with signage and visual aids

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