PUBS and bars are officially allowed to reopen from Saturday, July 4, as the UK’s lockdown restrictions begin to ease.
That means plenty of Brits are just counting down the days until their first pint.
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Of course, just because pubs are allowed to open tomorrow, Saturday, July 4, doesn’t mean that all of them automatically will straight away.
And for those that do open there are likely to be new rules around ordering through apps and sitting in gardens.
Here’s what all the major chains such as Wetherspoons, Fuller’s, Green King and Marston’s have said about which of their locations will be open and what restrictions will be in place.
Wetherspoon plans to reopen 750 of its pubs on July 4.
The chain has invested £11million into new measures to keep staff and customers safe.
As well as checking the temperatures of staff before they’re allowed back to work, they will also be provided gloves, masks and protective eyewear.
Tables have been moved to allow for one metre plus distancing and some have had screens installed.
The pubs will also offer a “slightly reduced menu”, although Wetherspoons hasn’t yet confirmed what it includes.
The Wetherspoons app also allows customers to order from their tables and pubs will have separate exits and entrances.
Wetherspoons will also employ two full-time staff per pub to regularly clean surfaces and touch points.
Fuller’s will be opening 12 of its pubs from July fourth with a gradual, phased approach planned for the rest of its locations.
You can find out your nearest open tavern using the pub reopening tool.
Fuller’s says the page will be updated as more pubs open.
All of the pubs and hotels will be deep cleaned before opening.
There will be new sanitising stations throughout.
Seating arrangements will allow for one metre plus social distancing and, where possible, there will be separate entrances and exits, with a one-way system.
Fuller’s has also been developing an order and pay at table system for food and drink, which it will be trialling in selected pubs
The chain is encouraging customers to book in advance to guarantee a table.
Greene King is reopening 1,294 of its pubs from Monday, July 6.
The remaining third will open at a later date which has not yet been confirmed.
Customers wishing to book a table at their local will be able to do so via the Greene King app which is now up and running.
Staff have been trained up on health and safety and will have to do temperature checks at the beginning of each shift.
An order and pay app has also been launched to reduce contact for customers.
All Greene King’s new safety measures can be found here.
Marston’s will be opening 80-85 per cent of its pubs on July 4.
This includes Rotisserie pubs and Pitcher and Pianos.
The chain has made several changes to keep customers safe in the coronavirus pandemic.
These include enhanced cleaning measures, as well as thorough training for staff.
There will also be social distancing at all open sites.
But chief executive Ralph Findlay has said that staff will not have to wear masks.
Mitchells And Butlers
Mitchells and Butlers own a huge range of pubs, bars and eateries.
- All Bar One
- Ember Inns
- Inkeepers Lodge
- Oak Tree
- Orchid Pubs
- Premium Country Pub
- Sizzling Pubs
- Vintage Inns
- Stonehouse Pizza and Carvery
All the brands will be reopening from July 4 and they are all taking bookings online.
Some locations may have reduced opening hours while others will be serving a limited menu.
The owners have warned that in the short-term, descriptions on menus may not always accurately reflect the contents of a dish.
If you fancy a meal and you have dietary requirements you need to speak to a team member before you order.
All the pubs and bars have updated their cleaning schedules and will be set up to allow social distancing.
Some of the brands – such as All Bar One have apps that you can download to make a booking, view menus and use the order and pay service.
Reopening non-essential shops
BEFORE non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen they must ensure that:
- Individuals are able to keep their distance from people outside of their households
- They’ve reduced the risk of transmission by limiting the number of people that individuals come into contact with
- Shift patterns are changed to reduce the number of people in the office at one time
- Workspaces are ventilated
Venues that are naturally crowded and where it would be hard to practise social distancing will have to remain closed until it’s safe enough to reopen them.
Reopening of these types of “high-risk businesses” may be phased in, beginning with pilots to test whether it’s possible for them to operate even partially.
More specific details of what rules shops will need to follow will be released closer to the time, and only if phase one and two are successful.
Stonegate Pubs own a lot of chain favourites.
Each of its brands now has a “Welcome Back” page detailing individual plans to reopen from July 4.
The full list includes:
All of the brands have new apps which mean that you can order and pay without leaving your seat.
The chains have also said there will be small changes to menus and new social distancing measures.
A small number of Revolution bars will be opening from Monday, July 6.
The Brighton, Bristol, Huddersfield and Liverpool Albert Dock bars are all set to open their doors after three long months of closure.
The rest of the bars will be opened slowly with a phased approach.
A number of changes have been made to improve customer safety. These include:
- Bars are operating at a reduced capacity
- Tables have been spaced further apart and screens are in place where required
- Order and Pay from your table using your mobile
- Hand sanitiser stations are available
- Increased cleaning in customer areas
- Bars have gone cashless, preferring contactless where possible
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