Wetherspoon's detailed plan for big changes when its pubs reopen

Wetherspoon has revealed what measures will be taken in places in its UK pubs to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

The pubs could open as early as July and there are already new ideas for reopening.

UK Hospitality has submitted to the Cabinet Office a document of more than 50 pages of measures that can help, including getting rid of urinals.

Pubs were also able to install screens, one-way systems and hand gel dispensers.

Now Wetherspoon has unveiled his plans, including a reduced menu, while all workers will receive masks and visors or safety glasses.

A total of £ 11 million will be invested to introduce safety screens at the counters, while two new full-time employees will be hired per branch.

The company said it will open its 875 pubs in the UK and the Republic of Ireland when it is officially given the green light by the relevant governments.

Under the changes, all Wetherspoons pubs will feature screens at the checkout, while customers are encouraged to pay via the smartphone app.

There will also be screens to create seats where it is not possible to separate the tables according to the social distance requirements.

Wetherspoon will also provide personnel with gloves, masks and eye protection, which will be made mandatory, subject to government regulations.

There are an average of 10 hand sanitizer dispensers around each pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use. Guests are asked to use them when entering stores.

Each employee must complete and sign a daily health questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work. This means, among other things, that their temperature is measured with a digital thermometer.

Dedicated staff will keep an eye on the pub at all times to maintain social distance standards, and an employee will be at the door at peak times.

Where possible, the pubs will have one entrance with a separate exit door.

Entering and leaving the customer will be marked by floor stickers and / or barriers and there will be clear printed information accompanying customers entering the pubs.

Each pub will have a full-time employee (two or more employees per pub to cover all opening hours) to sanitize all contact points during opening hours.

These include door handles, allergenic information screens, card payment machines and handrails.

Customers are asked to use the Wetherspoon ordering and payment app whenever possible or to pay at the bar using a credit / debit card and contactless, although cash is accepted.

Other pub groups have said they will drop bar service entirely – just stick to app and table service.

At Wetherspoon, staff will hand over any drinks that hold the base of the glass, and when ordered by the app, they are delivered to the table on a tray and placed with the base of the glass.

The food is delivered to the table by an employee of the room.

The pubs also offer a slightly reduced menu and offer sachets for ketchup, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, instead of their usual spice bottles.

Usual opening hours apply, which is on average from 8:00 AM to midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and from 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM (Friday and Saturday).

Wetherspoon CEO John Hutson said, “At the moment, the government has not confirmed a pub reopen date.

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

“We consulted with our pub staff and area managers for several weeks to draw up our plans.

“We have over 2,500 suggestions from our employees.

“The safety of our employees and customers is paramount.”


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