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Every new pub rule as doors reopen from Saturday

Written by on June 30, 2020

From Saturday, July 4, pubs and bars are once again allowed to open for business.

It will be the first time in over three months that customers can legally turn up for a pint or two.

Venues in the hospitality industry including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes have been given the green light to trade as part of Boris Johnson’s next phase of easing lockdown rules.

But grabbing a gin and tonic or having a meal out is going to be different with strict ‘Covid secure’ guidelines issued by Government.

For one, pub goers will only be allowed to meet those in their household (and social bubble) combined with just one other household (and social bubble).

Groups are then prevented to a maximum of six people when indoors or in beer gardens. Friends from more than two households will be permitted to socialise in outdoor spaces.

There is no restriction on how many households you can meet up with, but it must be one at a time.

A two metre distance from those outside your household is still recommended but in new rules, a ‘one metre-plus’ mitigation has been issued to help venues that could not reopen under the two metre rule.

Many venues will see tables taken away to guarantee the safety of staff and customers and reserving a table is insisted upon.

Here are the rules that every venue will have to follow when they re-open their doors, as reported by LancsLive’s sister website The Express:

Time at the bar and table service

Pubs can already serve takeaway and delivery beer.

The July 4 rules will now allow customers to sit and enjoy their drinks on-site.

Ordering at the bar isn’t banned – but drinking at the bar is.

Pubs will also have to have new measures in place to make sure people can stand at least a metre apart from each other with added mitigation – which could include perspex screens and masks, gloves or visors for staff.

Some pubs will close their bars and only offer table service.

Payment and registering your details

Customers will be asked to give their name and contact details to the pub upon arrival or when booking.

Pubs will keep this for 21 days in order to contact customers in the unfortunate circumstance of a local outbreak of coronavirus.

Paying by contactless is advised, and venues with apps (such as Wetherspoons) should be promote their customers to pay and order digitally.

One-way systems and ventilation

Inside pubs, one-way systems will be used to ensure people do not cross paths.

Doors should be left open, where appropriate, to reduce touch points.

Good ventilation is also important, meaning windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible.

In addition, pubs are urged to use a one in one out system at toilets to minimise customer interaction.

Loud music, football and live performances

No live performances in front of a live audience of any kind are allowed.

Customers should also be able to keep at normal volumes as speaking at loud volumes can increase the risk of aerosol transmission.

Government guidance says: “Preventing entertainment, such as broadcasts, that is likely to encourage audience behaviours increasing transmission risk.

“For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.”

Capacity, condiments, and cutlery

Groups of six will be allowed in pubs and beer gardens, with a maximum of only two households and their social bubbles allowed.

In beer gardens, friends from more than two households will be allowed to socialise.

Pubs will be allowed to have more than 30 people on the premises provided Covid-secure guidelines are being followed and other social distancing measures are still in place.

Venues offering food are advised to use disposable condiments and cutlery to minimise the risk of transmission from shared condiment bottles and cutlery.