St Albans Bars & Pubs Now Open
Pubs & Bars of St Albans Reopen
Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in St Albans, Hertfordshire & the rest of the UK have begun welcoming customers for the first time since lockdown began in March.
Hotels, pubs and restaurants in England and Northern Ireland that serve food at tables can now reopen indoors.
Here in St Albans the local bars are now opening up with limited capacity, seated only attendance, and outdoor space for additional extra customers to be seated too. Some bars have launched apps to streamline the new processes they face in providing table service, with all bars adhering to wearing masks and practicing strict social distancing rules to help protect their staff and customers.
The big question being asked by most is “is it too early, is it safe? Opinions appear to be that opening bars & pubs is merely putting the economy before health or that without the economy we face far more dangerous knock on effects.
Is it safe to go to the pub?
Guidance has been issued in England,Scotland and Northern Ireland on measures that pubs and restaurants must take to keep customers and staff safe.
• The option of ordering food on apps
• Staff will be encouraged to wash their hands before handling plates and cutlery
• Music should be kept at a low volume to avoid people needing to shout, which increases the risk of transmission
• Pub-goers will be encouraged to book tables in advance
• Live gigs and standing at the bar will not be allowed
• Controlled access to toilets
Must I provide contact details if eating out?
UK pub and hospitality trade bodies have published guidance for bars and restaurants on how to operate contact tracing.
• Contact details only need to be taken from one person in a group
• The details must be kept for 21 days
• Customers only need to give their name and phone number. Owners should also note their arrival time, and how long they stay
• Data can be taken in any way - on paper, online or during a phone booking
• People can refuse to give information, but owners can choose not to serve them
If a customer tests positive, will the pub or restaurant have to close?
Possibly, but not necessarily.
Official government advice says an NHS Test and Trace call does not always mean a pub or restaurant must close.
It depends on the circumstances and when the infected person visited.
NHS Test and Trace could ask staff to:
• get tested for Covid-19
• take extra care with social distancing
• self-isolate "in some circumstances"
If you are contacted personally by NHS Test and Trace, you should follow the advice and be prepared to self-isolate for a fortnight.
• Government advice for restaurants, pub and bar staff