Wetherspoons details full list of new rules inside its North Staffordshire pubs as they prepare to reopen


Pub giant Wetherspoons has announced the full list of rules staff and drinkers will need to stick to to as branches across Stoke-on-Trent prepare to open this summer.

The company – which has eight venues in the North Staffordshire area – insists its priority will be keeping employees and punters safe.

It expects to welcome back customers in July although no official reopening date has yet been confirmed by the Government.

Wetherspoons mogul Tim Martin has now come up with a comprehensive guide which they believe will help pubs continue to trade and best protect the clientele and those manning the pumps and kitchens.

The rules will be in place at The Arnold Machin in Newcastle; The Wheatsheaf in Stoke; The Reginald Mitchell in Hanley; The Poste of Stone in Stone; The Wheatsheaf in Cheadle; The Bradley Green in Biddulph; The Green Dragon in Leek; and The Butler’s Bell in Stafford; and The Counting House in Congleton.

Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin at The Reginald Mitchell in Hanley

The full set of rules are:

PPE

  • Screens installed at till points;
  • Screens put up to create seating areas where it is not possible yo separate the tables to meet social distancing requirements;
  • Gloves, masks and protective eyewear will be provided with staff electing whether to wear them or not.
     

Hand-sanitising stations and health checks

  • An average of 10 hand-sanitising dispensers will be placed in 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;
  • Works will undergo daily temperature checks with a digital thermometer;
  • 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 such as door handles, card payment machines and hand rails;

Social distancing measures

  • Staff will be employed to ensure social distancing standards are maintained at all times;
  • An extra member of staff will be on the doors at peak times;
  • Customer entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers and/or barriers and there will be printed information providing guidance as they enter the pubs.

Slowly but surely, some eateries across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have been re-opening – albeit with new social distancing guidelines firmly in place.

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Greater emphasis on using the app

  • 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;

  • Food will be delivered to the table by a member of floor staff.

Reduced menu

  • The pubs will also offer a slightly reduced menu.
  • Customers  will be provided with sachets  of items such as ketchup, mayonnaise, salt and  pepper, rather than their usual condiment bottles.

Wethersppon said it had undertaken ‘extensive employee consultation’ and checked with its suppliers and contractors, to come up with the guidelines.

All staff will receive a full briefing and training on the new way of working.

Pubs will be open for their usual hours, which in most cases is 8am to midnight from Sunday to
Thursday and from 8am to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Cassie Leech, manager at The Arnold Machin in Newcastle, said: “At present the government have not  confirmed any reopening date for pubs. However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as
area managers in order to draw up our plans.

“The safety of staff and customers is paramount.”





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