What you can expect when peninsula pubs open on Super Saturday

  Posted: 24.06.20 at 16:54 by The Editor

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Pub bosses on the Shotley peninsula are considering what reopening on July 4 means to them and Nub News will bring you a full round up of each of our wonderful drinking and eating establishments tomorrow.

Meanwhile, this is what you the customer can expect when you pop into the local at the end of your enforced hibernation.

Music must be turned down low, ketchup sachets will replace bottles, and pints should be ordered on your smartphone in pubs and restaurants in England, new guidance from the Government has said.

The guidelines published on Wednesday, ahead of lockdown measures easing on July 4, ask restaurant and pub bosses to ensure that customers and staff can be safe while enjoying a drink or a meal.

It includes obvious measures, such as ensuring social distancing, cleaning bathrooms and reducing contact between people.

However, the atmosphere inside venues is also likely to change considerably.

Shipwreck, Shotley marina

Not only will they welcome fewer people in order to ensure that customers are sat further apart, but the stereo, or football match on the TV, will also be turned down.

The guidance reads: "All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult."

This is because as people start shouting or speaking up they are more likely to launch the virus into the air and spread it to other customers - so-called aerosol transmission.

Pubs and restaurants will also be asked to get their customers to order food directly to their tables using a smartphone app, where possible.

Another casualty of the coronavirus restrictions is likely to be the bottle of vinegar or jar of mayonnaise, as the Government encourages businesses to replace these with disposable alternatives.

And gone are the days of picking up your own knives and forks at the counter. Cutlery should only be brought to the table with the food, according to the Government recommendations.

Meanwhile, queues are here to stay, as the guidance to ensure that people wait their turn outside venues.

This will mean that managers have to cooperate with their neighbours to ensure that queues waiting to get into two places do not mingle.

This cooperation could stretch as far as staggering opening times to ensure that people are not queuing and taking public transport to the venue at the same time.

Let us know your plans, where you will be going, what you expect and even if you are among those who will be staying home: [email protected],news

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