Wetherspoon Announces Plans To Reopen Pubs With Limited Menu And Safety Screens
Pubs across the UK have been closed down since the lockdown began in late March - including almost 900 'Spoons - but some pubs have started presenting plans to open with social distancing and safety measures in place.
The government has warned that pubs could be looking at staying closed until July 'at the earliest' - along with other socially-focused services such as hairdressers, restaurants, and cinemas.
That hasn't stopped a load of places operating a delivery or takeaway service, but it's not quite the same, is it?
So, JD Wetherspoon plans to invest £11m in an attempt to get the pubs back open whilst keeping staff and customers safe in the process.
As well as regular temperature checks for staff, the chain will also be sticking up a load of screens at points of service such as tills.
To ensure customers can enjoy their pint in safety, there will be two full-time staff employed solely to make sure pub surfaces and other bits people normally touch are cleaned frequently.
That's door handles, card payment machines, hand rails and the like.
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For the most part, people will be expected to use the Wetherspoon app to order food to their table, but if payment has to be taken at the bar, contactless payment would be preferable.
However, cash will still be accepted.
The pub chain is still waiting on the go-ahead from the government, but has consulted with suppliers, employees, and contractors, as well as the UK Hospitality guidelines when bosses put together their strategy.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: "At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs.
"However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.
"We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as area managers in order to draw up our plans.
"We have received more than 2,500 suggestions from our staff.
"The safety of our staff and customers is paramount."
In the government document entitled 'Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy', Boris Johnson outlined that the businesses such as pubs will remain closed until no earlier than July 4.
"Nevertheless, the Government will wish to open as many businesses and public places as the data and information at the time allows."
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