Wetherspoons gets ready to reopen its pubs and outlines plans to keep customers safe

Pub giant Wetherspoon is gearing up to reopen pubs across the UK.
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Although no details have been announced of when pubs, bars and restaurants will be able to reopen, the firm has released details of the measures it will take to protect customers and staff when the lockdown is eased.

Wetherspoon says it has consulted with employees as well as suppliers and contractors, and is to UK Hospitality guidelines.

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The firm will be employing at least two full time staff members per pub who will regularly clean surfaces and touch points.

Wetherspoons has set out its plans for re-openingWetherspoons has set out its plans for re-opening
Wetherspoons has set out its plans for re-opening

All pubs will have screens at the till point and screens will also be used to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate tables adequately.

Gloves, masks and protective eyewear will be provided for staff and there will be hand sanitiser dispensers around each pub, including at the entrance.

Every employee will need to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work, including having their temperature taken using a digital thermometer and dedicated staff will monitor the pubs at all times in order to maintain social distancing

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Wetherspoon's pubs have been shut since March
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Pubs will use one entrance, with a separate exit door where possible, and a member of staff on the door at peak times..

Entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers and/or barriers and there will be clear printed information providing guidance to customers as they enter the pubs.

Customers will be asked to use the Wetherspoon order and pay app, wherever possible, or pay at the bar using a credit/debit card and contactless, although cash will be accepted.

Spokeswoman Lindsay Carney said: “At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs.

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“However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as area managers in order to draw up our plans.

“The safety of staff and customers is paramount.”

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