Bars, pubs and restaurants across England will reopen this weekend with strict new rules in place.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave venues across the country the green light last week, when he eased restrictions on the closure of bars, restaurants , campsites, hotels and more.
While they may be able to reopen from July 4, customers will have to follow the new rules if they want to grab a drink or go out for a meal.
Among the new rules are limits on time spent at the bar, registering on arrival and following one-way systems.
Some pubs and restaurants have already shared the changes in place, including Wetherspoons , which will have screens, social distanced tables and hand sanitising stations.
Toby Carvery has also revealed its new rules, with visitors banned from serving themselves and restricted menus.
But, there are also rules that every pub and restaurant will have to have in place to prove they are Covid secure and safe for customers and staff, reports HertsLive .
Limited time at the bar
Most pubs are switching to table service with orders via an app, which Wetherspoon customers will already be familiar with.
Deliveroo is also rolling out a table service app with some pub and restaurant chains.
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 one metre apart from each other with added mitigation – which could include perspex screens and masks, gloves or visors for staff.
Some pubs may close their bars and only offer table service.
Registration and contactless
Pub visitors will be asked to give their name to the landlord at the door, which will then be kept for 21 days so that those who visit can be contracted if there is a breakout of localised coronavirus.
The Government guidance reads: “You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.
“This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.”
Contactless ordering and payment methods will be encouraged.
Venues with apps such as Wetherspoons are encouraging visitors to order using a contactless app rather than from members of staff.
One way systems and ventilation
Inside pubs, one-way systems will be used to ensure people do not cross paths.
Single-direction traffic inside pubs and restaurants will reduce congestion and minimise contact between customers.
The Government guidance also outlines that doors should be left open, where appropriate, to reduce touchpoints.
Maintaining good ventilation is also important and therefore windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible.
In addition, pubs are urged to use a one in one out system with toilets to minimise customer interaction.
Live performances, football and loud music
Live performances are not permitted, including music, drama and comedy.
Customers should also be able to keep at normal volumes as speaking at loud volumes can increase the risk of transition.
The Government guidance reads: “All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other.
“This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.
This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission.”
Those hoping to watch sports at the pub will not be able to watch matches for the time being as the activity associated with watching live sport is considered to be too risky.
Number limits, condiments and cutlery
When sitting inside pubs or restaurants, people will be allowed to gather at a social distance in groups of six, with a maximum of two households involved.
The six-person limit also applies to pub gardens, although friends from more than two households will be permitted to socialise.
A venue is not permitted to allow more than 30 people inside, even if the venue’s capacity is beyond this number.
Pubs offering food are advised to use disposable condiments and cutlery to minimise the risk of transmission from shared condiment bottles and cutlery.