Some pub owners refuse to reopen “Super Saturday” because of fears from staff and bettors


Some pub owners in England refuse to open on Saturday despite the government’s green light to start trading after three months of foreclosure.A number of owners fear that they will not be able to sufficiently apply the rules of social distancing for the return of customers on July 4 and to ensure the safety of bettors and staff.

The bars of Sunderland Ttonic, Chaplins, The Point, Glitter Ball and Arizona are among those who choose not to open their doors.

In a statement, their management team said that “the intensity expected … is not worth putting our team at unnecessary risk and stress.”

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Protective screens dividing tables in a Wetherspoons pub

“Our safety, your safety and the protection of emergency services from unnecessary stress, we believe is paramount and the responsible thing to do in our beloved city.

“We will not open until further notice and will remain closed this weekend.”

Meanwhile, Ian High, director of operations and finance for Pub Culture, which operates sites in the Northeast, including Dun Cow in Sunderland, told Sunderland Echo: “The health and safety of our staff and our customers are our top priority.

“We follow the guidelines provided for the hospitality industry and want to make sure that when we open we provide the safest environment possible. ”

Drinkers across the country will welcome visitors again – but with new safety measures, such as increased outdoor consumption and reduced bar service in place.

The Wetherspoons pub chain plans to reopen all 750 of its premises on Saturday after owner Tim Martin revealed that he was spending £ 11 million to make a series of ad changes to keep them safe from coronaviruses.

Beer delivery to a pub before Saturday

Boris Johnson said there will be few staff and that customers will have to order via apps to reduce social contact when alcoholics reopen.

The two-meter distance rule will also be relaxed and some branches will operate with reduced negotiation times.

In places where two meters are not possible, customers will be allowed to sit one meter apart as long as measures are in place, such as back-to-back seats, plexiglass screens and separations between tables.

There will also be disposable menus and individual queues for restrooms.

Customers will also be invited to share their contact information at entry through a new partnership with the NHS Test and Traceability Initiative.

Meanwhile, emergency services are preparing for a weekend that could be as busy as New Years.

Police federation leaders have warned that the public would be “en masse” on July 4, with one fearing a return to accident and emergency services looking like “a circus full of drunken clowns” over the weekend.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said her strength had been planning on Saturday “for some time” and that the public would see “many” officers on the streets of London.

Hospitals were also asked to prepare a wave of A&E patients before mass reopening.


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