Before the announcement trade group UKHospitality (UKH) put forward a series of initial proposals designed to help pubs and other hospitality first reopen on 4 July.
In the guidance, businesses clarified that they “do not wish to move ahead with reopening before the time is right” and support a phased reopening approach.
However, the chief executive of one brewery warned that pubs will go bankrupt if staff and customers have to adhere to the UK’s current two-metre social distancing measures due to this as it will be “very difficult” for pubs to operate especially smaller pubs that do not have the space for customer to send two metres apart. some bars are only up to two metres long and that’s just not viable for business.– instead a suggested reduction to one metre has been put forward so long as it does not come at the expense of people’s safety.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) said that if the UK followed World Health Organisation advice of imposing a one-metre distancing rule then it would “enable many more pubs to viably re-open and serve their communities again”.
The problems with the two metre rule or pubs being open at all is that when people become inebriated not only are there reactions slower, but they also fall about and some punters may even accidentally emit saliva when they speak due to alcohol affecting speech.
The Government has now announced that the two-metre rule is to be replaced with a 1m+ rule, making it easier for pubs and restaurants to operate and for the economy to start moving more due to the movement of such a large industry.
Customers are now able to sit one metre apart so long as other measures are put in place, such as perspex screens, partitions between tables, disposable menus and regular cleaning of surfaces although the idea of this working seems off of the scale and borderline ridiculous in all honesty.
Mr Johnson said remaining two metres apart “effectively makes life impossible for large parts of the economy, even without other restrictions”. Which is something that needs to be concidered when looking at what the effects of standing 2 metres apart or not may bring to either the economy or to public safety
“Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart, people should,” he added. “But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of 1-metre-plus, meaning they should remain 1 metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.”
Square Mile think that pubs need to take safety very carefully during the pub openings as a mixture of beer, the threat of illness and customers tolerating each others behaviours while just coming out of lockdown could prove disastrous. Safety is best kept in mind and in sight, that’s why we are promoting our Fogging and sanitising services during these precious times.
The coronavirus still threatens not only the health of customer , employees and businesses, but also the whole UK economy itself. therefore we have opened up our cleaning services to commercial businesses in London including pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, spas, hairdressers, health and beauty providers, shops and more.
All of our fogging customers receive a certificate of evidence which is dated to show your premises have been treated against Covid-19, viruses, bacteria, mould and pathogens for 30 days and for businesses that are reliant on returning footfall, placing this certificate in your window will help remind and reassure both your employees and the public that you’ve all taken important steps to make your business COVID-secure and hygienically safe for trading.
Please visit our Commercial premises cleaning London page for more information and make your business as safe as possible for trading with Fogging. It takes 10 minutes to dry and then immediately begins working to prevent contamination on flooring, surfaces and common touch-points for 30 days.