Coronavirus: UK to issue new guidance for hospitality sector to reopen
Young bartender girl in a medical mask pour green liquid from a beaker into a glass of ice. Medical mask for prophylaxis and protection against the coronavirus COVID-19. Photo: Getty
British ministers will announce guidelines next week to help the hospitality sector reopen in July. This also includes the monitoring of beer gardens in order to force social distancing.
Guests are prevented from ordering drinks from the bar. Instead, they are delivered to tables that are far apart. Surfaces including door handles and bar counters are cleaned at least every hour.
Ministers will also publish laws that allow facilities to serve alcohol to customers who drink on the sidewalk and on the street.
The number of people allowed to enter pubs with markings on the floor is limited to ensure social distance.
In restaurants, laminated menus are replaced by disposable menus and spices are served in bags on request. Patrons may find a less extensive menu as kitchen staff try to minimize cross-contamination of the ingredients.
Regarding hotels, the guidelines include encouraging customers to take the elevator instead of stairs and use room service instead of hotel restaurants.
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If a guest falls ill while in a hotel, they are asked to isolate themselves in their room and meals are sent to them in disposable plates.
Booking systems are set up in gyms and spas to prevent overcrowding. The machines are distributed and the managers are asked to enforce social distancing.
Physiotherapists, massage therapists, podiatrists and manicurists are asked to wear full protective equipment.
Night clubs are still a question. As the leaked document says, dance floors are a huge challenge.
In theme parks, roller coasters will no longer be able to maintain social distance. There will be no concerts, parades, or other performances that involve crowds.
The draft directive also warns companies against providing detailed information about their queuing arrangements, and states that crowds may prove to be an “attractive target” for an “enemy unit”.
Meanwhile, Minister of Culture Oliver Dowden told BBC Radio 4 that the Prime Minister's review of the two-meter rule on social distancing for England would be completed "within the coming days", while Whitehall officials confirmed that the result is expected next week becomes.
Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement next week about pubs, cafes, restaurants and hotels - with its reopening in England from July 4th, the goal is to revive the troubled economy.
After the coronavirus alert went down on Friday, the prime minister believes he has some room to relax the measures to boost the sector.
READ MORE: SMEs in London, Scotland and North East England are the most affected by the corona virus
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