Wetherspoons has announced some big changes coming to its pubs in July now that it’s been given the green light to reopen.
The pub chain, owned by Tim Martin, has revealed 14 ways that life will be different in the venue than it was all those months ago when they shut.
There are six of the pubs across Gloucestershire, which means that these changes are bound to affect a lot of the chain’s fans in the county.
After the announcement from Boris Johnson today, they have said that 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 throughout the pubs, according to Devon Live.
The firm reports that it has undertaken extensive employee consultation and has consulted with many of its suppliers and contractors, as well as referring to UK Hospitality guidelines.
- All of its pubs will have screens at the till point.
- 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 provide gloves, masks and protective eyewear. Employees can elect whether to wear them or not, subject to government guidelines.
- There will be an average ten hand sanitiser dispensers around each pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.
- Every employee will need to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work. This will include having their temperature taken using a digital thermometer.
- Dedicated staff will monitor the pubs at all times in order to maintain social distancing standards and there will be a member of staff on the door at peak times.
- The pubs will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible.
- Customer entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers and/or barriers and there will be clear printed information providing guidance to customers as they enter the pubs.
- 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. These will include door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and hand rails.
- 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 and placed on the table using the base of the glass. Food will be delivered to the table by a member of floor staff.
- The pubs will also offer a slightly reduced menu and will provide sachets (ketchup, mayonnaise, salt pepper etc), rather than their usual condiment bottles.
- They will be open their usual opening hours.
- All staff will receive a full briefing and training on the new way of running the pubs.
Back in March, JD Wetherspoon chief Tim Martin came under fire after urging staff members to find a job at Tesco amid the pandemic.
The pub chain boss made the remarks during a video message to workers after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all pubs across the country to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “I’m very sorry about the situation that has occurred with our pubs. They’ve been shut as you know.
“Unprecedented in the last 40 years and it puts everyone in a terribly difficult position.
“And I know you’re all sitting there wondering what the hell is happening and over the weekend I had lots of phone calls with different people and we’re trying to sort it out as best we can in this highly unusual situation.”
The boss went on to say that staff could wait for government payments to begin or work at one of the supermarkets that are hiring, click here to read the full story.