All hospitality is now allowed to open indoors!
This being said venues are required to take all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure and the spread of coronavirus. For example:
- Customers are encouraged to pre-book with details of all members of the group and contact detail will be required for contact tracing purposes
- Entry to the premises will be controlled to ensure that the measures taken are implemented
- Licenced premises, such as pubs, will be providing table service only for both indoor and outdoor seating with consumption of all food and drink to be at those designated tables
- Physical distancing measures will be applied, such as tables being spaced out and numbers limited in bathrooms
- Face coverings must be worn other than when seated to eat or drink
When utilising outdoor spaces, hospitality venues are required to ensure that the use of physical coverings, awnings, gazebos, marquees and similar structures are implemented in a way that is aligned with current public health advice. In general, this means that structures with a roof or ceiling must be open-sided (at least 3 sides or more than 51% open).
Takeaway and food delivery services may also remain open.
This means delivery drivers and customers alike can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services as long as all reasonable measures
are put in place by those responsible for carrying on the business to prevent the spread of coronavirus. This includes ensuring that 2 metres distance is maintained between persons on the premises, as well as people waiting to enter the premises. Businesses are encouraged to take orders in advance online or by telephone and must not provide indoor seating areas for customers to consume food or drink bought on the premises. Restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not otherwise offer delivery and hot food takeaway are able to offer such services. We wish you all the best of luck with your reopening and that you keep safe and profitable throughout!