The UK government announced on the 23rd of July, Pubs and Bars will be able to open on the 4th of July. For the Hospitality sector, this is light at the end of a very dark and long tunnel. However, some rules must be satisfied, called COVID Secure. Some sections within the Hospitality and Events sector are not allowed to open yet. Such as Clubs.
So, What is COVID Secure?
COVID secure is a list of steps aimed at ensuring people can remain safe, and there is a lower risk of the virus spreading.
Thinking About Risk
The first section looks at the risks present and looks at ways to minimise them. For example, Increased Handwashing and ensuring unwell people return home to Isolate.
Keeping your customers safe
Calculating the maximum number of customers that can reasonably follow social distancing guidelines (2 Meters or 1 Meter with Mitigation)
Reconfigure the layouts of your venue to ensure social distancing can take place.
Check to ensure the new measures will not impact any external factors, such as increased traffic. If they do, you should communicate with the other stakeholders.
Work with other local businesses to arrange additional facilities if you need them. For example, if you require additional parking, you may be able to use the parking of a local company that has remained closed.
Discourage customers from queueing, for example, implement a table order service
Provide clear guidance on Social Distancing and sanitation. For example, provide handwash stations for visitors with clear signage.
Manage the number of customers allowed in the venue at any one time.
Minimising customer self-service
Ensure extra sanitisation of surfaces, including card readers and placemats. (Try to use contactless payments)
Provide disposable condiments
Reduce the number of surfaces touched by Visitors and Staff.
Provide Staff with PPE Equipment, such as face masks
It may be a good idea to install a plastic shield over any public-facing service areas.
REMEMBER: If you or someone you live with has any symptoms, you should remain home and ask for a test. You should NOT go to any public place.
More information can be found on the gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery
Disclaimer: The information on this post was taken from the UK Governments Website. The information is subject to change, and the information here may not be true or accurate at the time of reading. Please refer to the gov.uk website above for the latest information.