Britain returns to the pub! Smart homeowners find ways to get around lock rules

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British pubs may be weeks away from official reopening after the coronavirus lockdown, but smart owners are finding ways to get around the rules to serve pints to thirsty bettors.

Over the weekend, Brighton saw long queues of visitors queuing for a pint, almost two months after the pubs and bars were closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

But with the relaxed lockdowns, businesses serve drinks by serving them in take-out cups or outside – just in time for the hottest day of the year so far.

Actor Laurence Fox is among the British to take advantage of the loophole, he was spotted breastfeeding a pint at Primrose Hill, London, on Monday.

Actor Laurence Fox tasted a takeout pint on Monday at Primrose Hill, London, as owners find ways to get around the lock rules

Actor Laurence Fox tasted a takeout pint on Monday at Primrose Hill, London, as owners find ways to get around the lock rules

Brighton Beach Visitors Among Thousands Across The Country Enjoying Takeout Pints ​​During This Week's Heat Wave

Brighton Beach Visitors Among Thousands Across The Country Enjoying Takeout Pints ​​During This Week’s Heat Wave

The Old King's Head in Shoreditch serves takeout pints to thirsty customers today

The Old King’s Head in Shoreditch serves take-out pints to today’s thirsty customers

Visitors along Brighton Beach can be seen carrying pints in plastic cups, while bettors lined up outside Old King’s Head in Shoreditch Wednesday afternoon for a drink on the hottest day of the week year – with temperatures reaching 82F.

The Covid-19 pandemic devastated the hospitality industry after weeks of deadlock, sales plummeted and many businesses faced with an uncertain future.

Today, UKHospitality, the industry’s professional body, has submitted a 75-page dossier that sets out a roadmap for opening restaurants and pubs on July 4, which includes abandoning the hotel buffet and more drinkers at the bar.

The case has been submitted to ministers, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Boris Johnson revealed his lockdown plan last Sunday after the British spent weeks under draconian lockdowns imposed by the Prime Minister on March 23.

The Prime Minister urged people to return to work and hoped that from June 1, schools and stores would reopen.

He also said it was his “ambition” to start opening some hotel businesses on July 4, as the Prime Minister attempted to revive the economy.

A woman wears a visor as she carries a tray of drinks at the Althorp in Wandsworth Common as temperatures rise

A woman wears a visor as she carries a tray of drinks at the Althorp in Wandsworth Common as temperatures rise

Two people sit on the grass near the Althorp pub in Wandsworth Common and enjoy drinks on a sunny day

Two people sit on the grass near the Althorp pub in Wandsworth Common and enjoy drinks on a sunny day

Group of friends travels to London Fields in north-east London on May 20 as temperatures across the country continue to rise

Group of friends travel to London Fields, north-east London, on 20 May as temperatures across the country continue to rise

The recently released draft plans outline how restaurants, bars and other recreational facilities will operate as the country breaks free from isolation and offer suggestions on how they can operate safely during the pandemic of coronavirus.

The industry has been devastated by the health crisis, sales plummeting and many businesses are still unsure whether reopening with social distancing rules will be financially viable.

If the pub gardens are open to take advantage of the summer weather, patrols may need to take place to ensure that large groups do not come together and that social distancing is maintained.

A group of friends sit at Wandsworth Common and enjoy their drinks despite the social distancing measures still in place

A group of friends sit at Wandsworth Common and enjoy their drinks despite the social distancing measures still in place

As lockouts begin to loosen, revelers are seen outdoors near Wandsworth Common and enjoy a pint

As lockouts begin to loosen, revelers are seen outdoors near Wandsworth Common and enjoy a pint

Takeout pints are the best bettors Brighton can get today, but the hospitality industry hopes pubs and restaurants will be opened with new social distancing measures on July 4

Takeout pints are Brighton’s best punters can get today, but the hospitality industry hopes pubs and restaurants will be opened with new social distancing measures on July 4

A group of men walk topless and carry beers as Britain takes advantage of the good weather on Wednesday

Group of men walk topless and carry beers as Britain takes advantage of good weather on Wednesday

Bournemouth man walks barefoot while carrying beer and small drink

Sunday there were long queues for a beer in Brighton

A man in Bournemouth walks barefoot as he carries a beer and a small drink while a long queue forms outside a bar on Brighton Beach

As temperatures continue to rise across the country, two men have enjoyed a pint near The Althorp in Wandsworth Common

As temperatures continue to rise across the country, two men have enjoyed a pint near The Althorp in Wandsworth Common

Two bathers sat on the grass at Wandsworth Common today as hundreds of people decided to leave their homes to bask in the sun

Two bathers sat on the grass at Wandsworth Common today as hundreds of people decided to leave their homes to bask in the sun

A man holds two pints of beer outside the Althorp at Wandsworth Common as hundreds of Britons have decided to soak up the sun

Man holds two pints of beer outside the Althorp at Wandsworth Common as hundreds of Britons decide to soak up the sun

A group of bathers are enjoying the warm weather in Greenwich Park, London, today, as Britons across the country have found ways to get around the lock

A group of bathers are enjoying the warm weather in Greenwich Park, London, today, as Britons across the country have found ways to get around the lock

Rather than being able to grab a bottle of ketchup or mustard, individually wrapped condiments will be encouraged.

Any use of a menu should be limited and cleaned after use by a member of staff.

The dossier released today explains how drinkers will be discouraged from queuing in bars, with table service encouraged instead.

A ribbon on the floor will indicate guidelines for social distancing.

Pubs might also consider asking customers to order in one box and then pick up the drinks at a separate collection point.

When you leave the pub or have another drink, many people bring their empty glasses back to the bar so the staff don’t have to pick them up.

With the R rate going down, more businesses will be able to reopen, said Boris Johnson on May 10.

With the R rate going down, more businesses will be able to reopen, Boris Johnson said on May 10.

But the document says the glasses should now be picked up by staff.

Pubs will also need to set up a washroom plan to keep them from being overcrowded.

Relaxing lockdown measures earlier this month, Johnson said parts of the hospitality industry could reopen by July “sooner rather than later” if rates of coronavirus infection drop to a safe level .

The Prime Minister said on May 10: “If and only if the numbers support it, we hope to reopen at least part of the hotel industry and other public places, provided they are safe and impose social distancing “

Gentleman grabs some cold beers in Bournemouth at a bar selling takeout beers as temperatures continue to soar

Gentleman grabs some cold beers in Bournemouth at a bar selling takeout beers as temperatures continue to soar

A group of young people stand in line at a Bournemouth bar for a beer in hot, sunny weather today

A group of young people stand in line in a Bournemouth bar for a beer in hot, sunny weather today

A group of people seemed to ignore the rules of social distancing while waiting for a beer to take away on a sunny afternoon on the south coast

A group of people seemed to ignore the rules of social distancing while waiting for a beer to take away on a sunny afternoon on the south coast

Premises were allowed to operate takeout services during the foreclosure to keep businesses afloat.

A Whitehall source told the Telegraph that going outdoors could mean “a more vibrant style of continental city centers in the summer.”

Professor Alan Penn, a member of SAGE, the government’s scientific emergency advisory group, reassured those who ventured outside that the risk of getting the virus outside was lower.

He said: “Science suggests that being outside in the sun, with good ventilation, are both very protective against transmission of the virus. “

Pub owners, including The Gate House in Highgate, have found creative ways to continue serving locals as the foreclosure measures begin to loosen.

Pub owners, including The Gate House in Highgate, have found creative ways to continue serving locals as the foreclosure measures begin to loosen.

Other scientists say they “totally agree” with Professor Penn and recommend spending more time outdoors, where the virus is less likely to survive.

Earlier today, it was revealed that up to 1,500 English primary schools are now expected to remain closed in 12 days, despite the fact that millions of children are at home for more than eight weeks.

At least 13 mainly labor councils refused to reopen schools on June 1, the date set by Boris Johnson for the return of some students after weeks of confinement.

Justice Minister Robert Buckland admitted this morning that the reopening date of June 1 may no longer be “uniform” across England – while the Prime Minister’s engagement fell into chaos.moderate dissension on the part of school staff, unions and local councils.

Buckland told the BBC, “I don’t think any of us want to put children or our dedicated teachers at risk, and the safety issue is clearly paramount.

“So we are all working around June 1st and we are planning this return, but I accept the fact that there may well be problems to be solved by the employers, which does not mean that we will see a uniform approach on the 1st June.

75-page hotel industry report sets out roadmap to open restaurants and pubs on July 4

The hospitality industry submitted a 75-page report outlining a roadmap to open restaurants and pubs on July 4, which includes abandoning the hotel buffet and more drinkers at the bar.

The case was submitted to ministers by UKHospitality, the industry’s commercial body, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

Boris Johnson revealed his lockdown plan last Sunday after the British spent weeks under draconian lockdowns imposed by the Prime Minister on March 23.

The Prime Minister urged people to return to work and hoped that from June 1, schools and stores would reopen.

He also said it was his “ambition” to start opening some hotel businesses on July 4, as the Prime Minister attempted to revive the economy.

The recently released draft plans outline how restaurants, bars and other recreational facilities will operate as the country breaks free from isolation and offer suggestions on how they can operate safely during the pandemic of coronavirus.

The industry has been devastated by the health crisis, sales plummeting and many businesses are still unsure whether reopening with social distancing rules will be financially viable.

This photo shows a Wetherpoon pub in south London while it was still open. Graphics show what could happen if pubs reopen in July

This photo shows a Wetherpoon pub in south London while it was still open. Graphics show what could happen if pubs reopen in July

Pubs and restaurants

In pubs and restaurants, salt and pepper shakers will be removed from tables and brought to customers’ place with cutlery, instead of being on the table when you sit down.

Drinkers will also be discouraged from queuing at the bar, and table service will be encouraged.

To prevent people from following social distance guidelines, there will be tape on the floor indicating the appropriate distance required.

Pubs might also consider asking customers to order in one box and then pick up the drinks at a separate collection point.

When you leave the pub or have another drink, many people bring their empty glasses back to the bar so the staff don’t have to pick them up.

But the document says the glasses should now be picked up by staff.

Pubs will also need to set up a washroom plan to keep them from being overcrowded.

Drinkers are pictured at JJ Moon's Tooting, South London, March 20, the last day of Wetherspoon's national opening

Drinkers are pictured at JJ Moon’s Tooting, South London, March 20, the last day of Wetherspoon’s national opening

If the pub gardens are open to take advantage of the summer weather, patrols may need to take place to ensure that large groups do not come together and that social distancing is maintained.

Rather than being able to grab a bottle of ketchup or mustard, individually wrapped condiments will be encouraged.

Any use of a menu should be limited and cleaned after use by a member of staff.

Wetherspoon president Tim Martin previously said he hoped to start reopening pubs and hotels “around June”.

He was forced to close 900 pubs and 40,000 workers before Britain closed.

The 64-year-old said, “If someone now offers to do it under supervised conditions, I think I would probably grab it because your chances are very, very good. “

He told Sky at the time, “Supermarkets are very, very busy. Pubs are much less crowded.

“There has been virtually no transmission of the virus in pubs and I think it is an exaggeration to close them. It’s a business vision but also a common sense vision. “

He said a nationwide shutdown was “draconian” and did not offer “health benefits”.

Martin had hoped he could get away with it by introducing social distancing into his pubs, with a “regular only” policy in some.

An empty outdoor cafe at the Greene King Stag and Hounds pub in Farnham Common during the coronavirus lockout

An empty outdoor cafe at the Greene King Stag and Hounds pub in Farnham Common during the coronavirus lockout

He said that people would be able to keep their distance more easily as the number of pedestrians fell, some being unable to leave the house due to underlying health problems.

Rival pub chain Greene King previously said they wanted to open beer gardens and customers could order from an app.

CEO Nick McKenzie said customers would not be allowed into the pub in order to meet social distancing guidelines.

Emma McClarkin, Executive Director of the British Beer and Pub Association, previously said: “The reopening in July will be ideal for pubs that can meet the social distancing measures required by then.

“We are ready to work with the government to help pubs reopen in a safe and financially viable manner as soon as possible.” “

Environment Secretary George Eustice said he hoped the pubs could return soon if they were able to meet social distancing guidelines.

Eustice said in the Commons: “Of course we also recognize that until things come back to something closer to normal and can open normally, hopefully later this summer , it will not give them all the trade they had before. “

Hotels

A warm handshake from a hotel owner or guest house host may well be a thing of the past.

Instead, staff will be encouraged to greet guests in a manner that meets social distancing guidelines.

In hotels, hotel buffets will be strongly discouraged, which means that the self-service breakfast available in thousands of hotels across the country will be abandoned.

Guests wishing to use the gym or spa facilities will be encouraged to use their rooms to avoid overcrowding in the changing rooms.

Similar rules for eating and drinking apply in hotels, as in restaurants and bars.

In terms of room service, staff will be encouraged to knock on the door and leave the tray outside, rather than talking to the customer.

Room keys should also be regularly disinfected and staff should keep a social distance if they help customers with their luggage.

There will be no queue and table service or applications will be prioritized to ensure social distancing.

All outdoor areas should be monitored regularly and queues at the front offices should be managed.

The hospitality industry was hit hard, as were many operators, a number of whom are now hosting the homeless during the pandemic.

Keith Barr, CEO of IHG, owner of the Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn brands, said hotels must make “visible” changes to hygiene standards to encourage guests to return.

He also said the company is testing electrostatic sprayers and removing standard items from rooms, such as a pen and paper.

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined in Tokyo hotels equipped with robots. Five hotels in the city use robots to limit the spread, one being the world's first social humanoid pepper (left)

Coronavirus patients with mild symptoms are quarantined in Tokyo hotels equipped with robots. Five hotels in town use robots to limit spread, one being the world’s first social humanoid pepper (left)

Barr told the Financial Times, “Covid-19 represents the biggest challenge IHG and our industry have ever faced,” he said after the company’s first quarter update on Thursday.

This week, other industry leaders also spoke about the importance of hygienic standards in attracting customers to an industry that has seen huge sales declines.

At an industry event earlier this week, Radisson Hotel Group CEO Federico J González said the industry should take a united approach to cleaning and hygiene.

Speaking at a roundtable at an In Sync virtual event, he said, “Giving the consumer a common benchmark is one of the things that if the industry fails to do so, we will pay them .

“The stars mean nothing to today’s consumers, because each region has classified it differently … [they need] a benchmark they really understand.

And David Kong of BWH Hotel Group said that cleanliness would become “the most important element of why someone would choose a hotel,” as The Caterer reports.

Theme parks

In theme parks, the capacity of roller coasters and other rides could be reduced by leaving the middle seats empty if the visitors are from different groups.

Amusement parks and other family entertainment sites may be forced to cancel character shows, concerts, and late-night parades to ensure compliance with potential social distancing rules.

The queues for specific rides will have to respect social distancing measures, which means that there may be less capacity on some rides.

Obtaining food and beverages at the various restaurants at an attraction will also need to meet social distancing guidelines.

In an update to this week’s guests, Alton Towers said he follows the advice of theme parks around the world to know when to open safely.

In an announcement made on Monday, the station said, “Since the station closed, we have been working around the clock to ensure that when it is safe to reopen, we are absolutely ready to welcome you again.

“We have followed the advice of colleagues around the world on the best way to reopen under the new security guidelines.

“From improved cleaning regimes to social distancing measures, we will do our utmost to ensure you have a brilliant and safe visit.”

Shanghai Disneyland sets up social distancing queues ready for attraction reopening

Shanghai Disneyland sets up social distancing queues ready for reopening of attraction

“We will soon be sharing our plans for reopening. For now, we ask customers with short stays booked on June 1 and July 3 to visit altontowers.com to find out how to move your reservation.

“In our 40th anniversary season, we are determined to be there for you and your families, providing fun, thrills and fantastic memories, as we have been doing for decades and will continue to do for many others.”

“Please keep smiling, cheering and supporting each other. See you soon.’

Kate Nicholls, the agency’s chief executive, told the newspaper, “We will be ready to restart in England on July 4 and in other parts of the country when permitted, but it is essential that the reopening takes place as soon as possible. right way, at the right time. and with the right support – so our industry can help bring employees, customers and communities together safely over the next few months.

“Summer is a crucial time for the industry. The general British public deserves safe accommodation, food and drink experiences, vacations and leisure; le coût financier est un investissement justifié dans le bien-être de notre nation et l’avenir de l’économie. “

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