Customers Must Give Names When Entering Pubs, Restaurants And Bars
New guidance released by the UK government says the public will need to give their names when they enter pubs, restaurants and bars, when those businesses reopen on 4 July.
The new measures are among a few changes that will be made following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that the hospitality industry can start trading again.
Published on the government website, the guidance reads: "The opening up of the economy following the Covid-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace.
"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."
It also provides information on what we can expect when we're eventually be able to go for a pint again, including being asked how many households your group comes from.
Bars and pubs will also be responsible when it comes to 'making customers aware' and 'encouraging compliance' with the limits that have been put in place.
This means that the group going to the establishment will need to be limited to members of two households - which means there might be some difficult decisions to make when planning a trip to the pub.
Outdoor gatherings have more flexibility.
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The guidance reads: "Outdoor gatherings are limited to members of any 2 households (or support bubbles), or a group of at most 6 people from any number of households."
Other changes involve things that have already become part of 'the new normal', as we seem to be calling it, including social distancing markers, in/out systems for toilets and fewer people than you'd usually expect.
Restaurants and bars have been asked to change the way they're set up in order to accommodate less people who are placed further apart.
Watching spots on the telly and live performances are not likely to be happening any time soon, with anything that causes people to shout not allowed.
Another pretty big change will be that venues will need to make sure you don't have to 'unduly raise your voice' to your mates.
As the website reads: "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."
We've all been dying for pubs and restaurants to open up again, but I think it's safe to say, the 'new normal' might take a bit of getting used to.
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Topics: UK News
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