Pubs and restaurants – what to expectPublished Thursday, 02 July 2020
Restaurants, pubs and bars are set to re-open on 4 July 4 but the way they operate will be different.
New Government guidance has been released ahead of the re—opening with some significant changes to how premises will be run and what businesses need to do to keep customers and staff as safe as possible.
We are working closely with the police and local businesses to ensure establishments reopen safely, following the guidelines.
The new guidance sets out a range of measures for pubs and restaurants to become Covid-19 secure, including:
- 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
Risk assessments must be undertaken for reopening and failure to do so could result in a breach of health and safety law.
Premises should keep a temporary record of customers for 21 days and help NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed in a bid to help contain clusters or outbreaks.
Jackie Bird, Chief Nurse, NHS North West, said: “If you are going out this weekend, please remember the risk of coronavirus isn’t over, and for some people it can be fatal.
“Anyone can get the virus, anyone can spread it. The most important thing you can do is take precautions to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe. We are grateful for the huge level of public support shown for the NHS in recent months and we continue to ask for people’s understanding and help to keep our patients and staff safe.”