While more than 40,000 people have died in the UK as a result of Covid-19, the daily death rate is now low enough for the government to loosen restrictions on locking out restaurants, bars and pubs.
However, things will not return to normal directly.
When their doors open on weekends, people will only be able to meet members of another household.
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In addition to deciding who you want to share your first ice cold pint with in advance, it may be a good idea to book in advance.
Many pubs only accept people who have reserved seats due to below normal capacity.
Drinks are necessary to reserve a seat in stripped boozers that have removed seats and tables to allow social distancing.
For those lucky enough to be indoors, a set of rules will govern the course of the night.
Although ordering at the bar is not prohibited, drinking there is.
Pubs will also need to put in place new measures to ensure people can stand at least three feet from each other with additional mitigation measures – which could include Plexiglas screens and masks, gloves or staff visors.
As a result, many pubs should only offer table service or encourage customers to order apps.
Pub visitors will also be asked to give their name to the owner of the pub at the door.
This temporary file will now be kept by pubs for 21 days so that those who visit it can be contacted in the event of a localized coronavirus case.
Inside pubs, one-way systems will be used to prevent people from crossing paths.
It is hoped that one-way traffic inside will reduce congestion and minimize contact between customers.
Government directives also state that doors should be left open, if necessary, to reduce contact points.
It is also important to maintain good ventilation and, therefore, windows and doors should be kept open as much as possible.
In addition, pubs are encouraged to use a one-to-one system with toilets to minimize interaction with customers.
Live performances are not permitted, including music, theater and comedy.
Although this is not a strict rule, customers are advised not to speak too loud in order to reduce the chances of oral transmission.
The government’s direction reads: “All sites should ensure that measures are taken to prevent people from having their voices heard unduly.
“This includes, but is not limited to, abstaining from playing music or shows that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.
“This is due to the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly aerosol transmission. ”
When seated in pubs or restaurants, people will be allowed to meet at a social distance in groups of six, with a maximum of two households involved.
This limit of six people will also apply to pub gardens, although friends from more than two households are allowed to socialize.
Pubs will be allowed to have more than 30 people on the premises, provided that Covid-secure guidelines are followed and other social distancing measures are still in place.
Pubs offering food are encouraged to use condiments and disposable cutlery to minimize the risk of spreading condiment bottles and shared cutlery.