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And Steven Swinford from the Times has some highlights from the new guidance too.
Here’s the new normal for pubs:
* Staff to keep 1m+ social distancing when taking orders
* Cutlery and condiments provided only when food is served
* Customers to remain at tables, not lean on counters
* Contactless ordering and payments
* No live music
If customers refuse to follow social distancing, staff told to inform them that police have power to enforce social distancing
Not sure how that sits with ‘common sense’ approach outlined by PM yesterday
Pubs will have to keep a record of all their customers for *three weeks*
Government’s ‘visitor economy guidance’ – for tourist attractions etc – raises concerns about risk of terror attacks
It says businesses should be careful to avoid giving ‘credible’ information that could help ‘hostile entity identify attractive target’
eg Queue locations
The hotels guidance has dropped:
* Room service left at the door
* Guests should wear masks in ‘communal corridors’
* Minimising lift usage
* In hostels communal kitchens and areas will be closed
Jack Blanchard from Politico Europe has already had a good look at the new guidance (see 9.29am) for his London Playbook morning briefing. For some reason, he seemed to take a keen interest in the rules that would apply for pubs. Here’s an extract from his write-up.
Meet ‘n’ greet: Pubs will be offering hand sanitizer at the door, while “encouraging compliance” among drinkers with the new limits on social gatherings. In other words — staff will be expected to explain to that big gang of lads who came in for some serious drinking on Super Saturday that, erm, sorry about this chaps, but “indoor gatherings should be limited to members of any two households.” It should make for some entertaining conversations about people’s supposed living arrangements, if nothing else.
This is England: Ministers clearly fear sudden rain showers could also be a problem, when beer gardens are packed and access to venues restricted. Pubs should be “planning for maintaining social distancing … in the event of adverse weather conditions,” the government warns, “being clear that customers cannot seek shelter indoors unless social distancing can be maintained.” Again, the conversations at the door with the now half-cut (and half-soaked) lads demanding shelter at the bar should be worth watching.