What pubs will look like when they reopen with table service and sneeze screens

PUBS will be allowed to reopen from tomorrow – but with sneeze screens between tables and orders delivered to customers.

A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that coronavirus lockdown measures will be eased from July 4 to allow pubs, cafes and restaurants to welcome back customers.

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He also revealed that social distancing measures will be reduced from two metres to one metre where two metres isn't possible in a move that will help thousands of smaller establishments survive.

But going to the pub won't be the same as it was before lockdown.

All indoor hospitality will be advised to offer table service, and "Covid-19 secure" guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact.

Perspex "sneeze screens", for example, will have to be put up between tables where households aren't able to sit socially distanced apart.

In larger pubs, the tables will need to be rearranged so that they sit at least a metre away from the next one.

It means boozers will only be operating around 60 per cent capacity, so customers will also be encouraged to book a table before arriving at their local.

Brits will also have to wait for food and drinks to be brought to the table to avoid crowds at the bar.

In places where you can order food, diners will be handed a paper menu that will be binned after it's been used.

Napkins and cutlery will only be brought out to customers along with their grub to cut the risk of transmission.

Self-service buffets will be banned and waiters will have to wash their hands between serving different tables.

Waiters and bar staff may be asked to wear PPE when pulling your pint or serving food, such as gloves and face masks.

Licensing rules will be relaxed to allow pubs and hotels to turn car parks and grounds into beer gardens.

Meeting outside is thought to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 – and its a welcome move with 34C temperatures forecast this week.

Mr Hancock has also confirmed that bars and restaurants will have to keep a record of everyone who visits before being served to help track and trace coronavirus outbreaks.

Personal details are kept on file for four weeks there and are used to contact people if one of the patrons later is hit with coronavirus.

Like other non-essential retailers, pubs will increase their cleaning regime.

Wetherspoons revealed early on what its pubs will be like once it's allowed to open again.

It hopes to reopen 750 out of its 875 locations from tomorrow, July 4.

The pub has been kitted out with screen, posters and floor markings to help demonstrate how Wetherspoons will reopen branches.

There will be separate exits and entrances. Welcome signs will give further guidance to customers, including asking them to only visit pubs if they feel well.

The Sun was also given a sneak peek inside a Greene King branch, Fort St George in Cambridge, to find out what it will be like.

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The chain hopes to open "the majority" of its 1,700 pubs nationwide from the start of July.

It will only be offering a reduced menu in restaurants to allow for social distancing in the kitchen and will ask customers to pay by card or contactless if possible.

While many food outlets have decided to keep their toilets closed, Greene King has devised a one-in-one-out system so customers can use them safely.

There will be new red and green indicators on the entrances to toilets that you can flip around with your elbow to show that someone is inside.

Other businesses that have been allowed to reopen have installed hand sanitiser stations, which is something that'll be adopted by boozers too.

All pubs, alongside clubs, restaurants and gyms, were ordered by the government to shut on March 20.

Many pubs are already offering takeaway pints – here's a map that reveals where you can pick up a drink on the go.

Meanwhile, a new interactive map reveals nearby pubs with beer gardens.


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