8th Jul, 2020

Sanitisers and wipe downs as Redditch pubs prepare to re-open

Correspondent 28th May, 2020

JD Wetherspoon has drawn up plans to ensure that its staff and customers are safe before its pubs reopen.

The company, which has two pubs in Redditch, The Rising Sun in Alcester Street and The Royal Enfield in Unicorn Hill, will open when it has the official go-ahead from the government.

Social distancing measures will result in the employment of two full time staff per pub, slightly more for bigger pubs, who will regularly clean surfaces and touch points.

The pubs will have screens at the till point and there will also be screens to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate the tables to the social distancing requirement.

Wetherspoon will also provide gloves, masks and protective eyewear and employees can elect whether to wear them or not, subject to government guidelines.

The company says there will be an average ten hand sanitiser dispensers in each pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.

Staff will undergo daily health checks and the pubs will be monitored to maintain social distancing standards.

The pubs will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible.

Each pub will have a member of staff working full time (two staff per pub to cover all opening hours) to sanitise all the contact points during opening hours.

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.

Staff will hand over all drinks holding the base of the glass and when ordered by the app they will be delivered to the table on a tray.

Food too will be delivered to the table by a member of staff.

The pubs will also offer a slightly reduced menu and will open at their usual hours.

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