Since the Prime Minister revealed the roadmap for getting us all out into society, we want to set the record straight about when we can expect to see outdoor seating sat on and pints sipped in the sunshine.
As England eases out of lockdown, pubs will be able to serve drinks and food to customers in beer gardens from mid-April.
From now up until March 29th, ‘Rule of Six’ will return to public parks and private gardens.
Around April 12th – 19th, families will be able to meet in parks, restaurants and shops. Hairdressers can open and pubs can serve outdoors.
From May, there will be a full return to indoor entertainment for the hospitality sector, including gyms.
And, from June, indoor households can once again mix and sports fans can visit stadiums. UK holidays will be permitted and nightclubs will re-open.
Looking forward to sipping a pint?
Pub-goers should expect to be sitting inside, not just in beer gardens, from May 17th.
Businesses though, need to be COVID safe before reopening. With social distancing still in play and mask-wearing by staff (and customers when not at their table) at all times.
The 10 pm curfew will be scrapped and substantial meal rules will not return.
The use of ‘sneeze screens’ is advised for in-between tables so customers can safely social distance in the early stages of restrictions lessening.
Paper menus are advised to be handed out but recycled once used.
Cutlery and condiments should only be bought out to customers at the same time as their meal to avoid too much transmission and if there’s space, tables will be rearranged to be 1 meter apart.
Buffets are banned and waiters have to wash their hands after serving each table.
Like all non-essential business, staff should be on the ball with a new, frequent cleaning regime.
What do you think?
How do you feel about restrictions lifting and beer gardens opening? Are you excited? Or are you wary? Let us know!