Wetherspoon rules after freedom day restrictions eased
Wetherspoon will keep in place some of the measures previously applied by the government in its pubs and restaurants across the country, the pub chain confirmed.
Things like screens between tables and hand sanitizers will remain a part of the Wetherspoon experience going forward, as will single-use ketchup pouches, increased cleaning regimes, and directional signage around venues.
But some things will change, as people will now be able to go to the pub in larger groups, as the government-imposed limit of six is no longer in place.
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Plus, face masks are now a personal choice. But Wetherspoon will continue to provide masks to staff who choose to wear them. The company also recognizes that some customers will choose to wear a mask at their own discretion.
Another big change in Wetherspoons pubs is that customers no longer have to fill out the Test and Trace forms, nor scan the QR code at the entrance, although they will remain in place for those who wish to continue registering their ticket. visit.
Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin said: “When the pubs reopened after the first lockdown, in July of last year, a reasonable package of measures, as outlined above, were agreed between the hospitality industry. , health authorities and other interested parties, who have kept transmission in hospitality places at low levels.
“Wetherspoon had over 50 million customer visits, recorded through the Test and Trace system, in the second half of 2020 without a single reported example of an ‘epidemic’ among customers, as defined by health authorities.
“Like UK Hospitality, the British Institute of Innkeepers and the British Beer and Pub Association said in October last year, ‘out of 22,500…. reception centers surveyed, only 1% said they were linked by the test and the NHS trace to an incident ”.
“Although the risks of Covid-19 cannot be completely eliminated, we believe that the July 2020 directives are a wise safety net for the industry and strike the right balance between health, jobs and the economy .
“It is hoped that the arbitrary and capricious government rules, which have been rife in recent months, such as the requirement of substantial meals, curfews and table service, which have no scientific origin, may be avoided in the future.
“These types of rules hurt the economy, are extremely difficult for pub staff to enforce, and are invariably viewed by patrons as absurd.”
Things stay the same in Spoons ads
• Keep floor screens between tables in pubs and cash screens in bar servers.
• Keep hand sanitizers at the entrance and in various places around the pub guest area, as well as in staff areas.
• Maintain increased cleaning of contact points.
• Maintain directional signage for entrances and exits, etc.
• Continue to encourage pubs to increase natural ventilation by keeping doors and windows open as much as possible.
• Continue to complete a short questionnaire for each employee before the start of a shift to check temperature and symptoms.
• Encourage customers to use ordering and payment apps to reduce bar contacts, even though they may be able to order at the bar.
• Maintain internal capacity in pubs at the same levels as today, by limiting the number of customers to the number of seats.
• Maintain the current reduced capacity limits for employees in staff rooms and “back home” areas.
• Continue to use “single-use” sachets of mustard, ketchup, etc. instead of larger containers.
• Continue to use disposable food menus.
• Continue to keep interior doors open, including main washroom doors, where possible, to minimize contact points.
Changes in Spoons ads
The following restrictions will be changed:
• Face masks will be made available to employees, and customers and employees may wear them at their discretion.
• Group size will not be limited to six, as is currently the case.
• The NHS Test & Trace system, or paper forms, will be kept for customers who wish to record visits, on a voluntary basis.
The changes come as it has been reported that Downing Street has not ruled out extending mandatory use of vaccine passports to pubs.
Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister has spoken about the type of areas we are considering, and nightclubs are the ones where there is significant evidence that we currently have.
“But we will use the coming weeks to review the evidence, particularly in the UK and around the world before making a specific decision.”
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