The Times says it has seen plans the government intends to reveal on how pubs, hotels, and restaurants can be re-opened from 4th July.
The newspaper has received a leaked report, which claims that Boris Johnson will announce the relaxation of the two-metre rule from next week.
The news comes as the Prime Minister announced that coronavirus was “diminishing among us all”, with the covid alert level dropped from four to three.
With relation to pubs, The Times understands:
- There will be limits to pub capacities, with markings on the floors
- Customers will be discouraged from ordering at the bar, with drinks delivered to tables
- Customers will be asked to move away from the bar
- Glasses will be collected from tabkes after customers have left
- Bar tops, door handles, and items such a fruit machines will be cleaned every hour
- Regular patrols of pub gardens will ensure customers observe social distancing
Wadworth says it is consulting over job losses at its looked as a phased re-opening of its estate. Tenanted pubs would be supported as soon as they can open, but there would be a phased re-opening of managed houses, at a slower rate.
Chief executive, Chris Welham, revealed plans for a new brewery had been put on hold. He told the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: “In the early part of this year, we had a clear strategy to build a new brewery and adapt our managed house estate, enabling us to become a much leaner and efficient business.
“But with covid-19 and a phased restart to trading, we anticipate lower consumer demand, and the need for continued physical distancing will continue to exert pressure on revenue and profit for the foreseeable future. The headroom we created in our bank borrowings for our new brewery is being used throughout this period of closure, and as a result our plans for a new brewery have been placed on indefinite hold.
“To enable us to protect the long-term interests of the company, we have announced a consultation period that will impact a number of roles across our teams in our brewery, head office, and managed pubs. We know we have some difficult decisions ahead to ensure that businesses such as ours can appropriately come through this extraordinary period. It remains our overall intention to protect as many jobs as we can.”