While the British dream of their first beer in a pub, Wetherspoons is working hard to improve its alcoholic beverages so that they are ready to reopen when the lock rules are relaxed.
Last week, the pub channel unveiled its plans for social distancing, and now The Sun has taken a first look inside one of its pubs.
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We went to Mossy Well in Musewell Hill, north of London, where Eddie Gershon, chain press officer, explains how social distancing measures will work in pubs.
The pub has been equipped with screens, posters and floor markings to help show how Wetherspoons will reopen its 875 locations.
Signs on the outside and on the exterior doors help staff communicate with customers about how they should line up to prevent the accumulation of people.
Tables have been spaced or screens placed between them to allow customers to stay safe.
They will also put stickers on the furniture to remind drinkers not to move the tables.
There will be separate exits and entrances. Welcome signs will give additional advice to customers, including asking them to only visit pubs if they are feeling well.
Plexiglass screens have been installed at the checkout and customers will be encouraged to pay using the Wetherspoons app, which means they can get table service.
However, bettors can still pay at cashiers using cash if they wish.
Mr. Gershon said: “We have the advantage that our pubs tend to be on average 4,000 square feet in customer space and 75% of our pubs have breweries, rooftops or outdoor spaces.
“We appreciate that our pubs will have to have fewer people depending on the number we are allowed to have here, but because they are slightly larger, we are probably not as badly affected as the others. “
He also confirmed that Wetherspoons plans to keep its business hours unchanged.
Hand sanitizers will be placed on the walls for staff and clients.
Our video shows inside the kitchens where there are markings on the floor to show staff where to stand so that they stay within two meters of each other.
Wetherspoons menus have been replaced with disposable menus, which can be discarded after use.
Last week, the chain also confirmed that it would offer a slightly reduced menu to help take measures of social distancing.
Condiment bottles, including ketchup and mayonnaise, have been replaced with single-use sachets.
Staff will be able to wear PPE and face temperature controls before starting the shifts.
Mr. Gershon said, “We also deliver PPE bars and kitchens to all employees.
“The government has not said whether to wear them. So we bought millions of pieces of equipment and this is part of the initial investment of £ 11 million.
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“We will wait for government directives on whether staff should use it or whether they can choose to wear it – but it will be there as the pubs open. “
Gershon added that the ad chain does a lot, but also says “people are reasonable.”
The government has announced to pubs that it will be one of the last companies to reopen and that the rules will not be relaxed until July 4.
The boozers also urged MPs to relax the social distance rule from two meters to one so that it more than opens up.