Pubs will have one-way systems and table service as new rules are enforced when they open this weekend

Pubs are opening this weekend and finally we can enjoy pints that don't come in a can consumed in our back gardens or the park.

But owing to the coronavirus pandemic, having a few down the local boozer will be a bit different to before, when the world was Covid-less and carefree.

So as many pubs and restaurants open their doors on Saturday 4 July, and you can now visit with one other household while social distancing, what can we expect?

From one-way systems, table service and mandatory registers, here is what you need to know…

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Table Service

Gone are the lengthy queues, as we squish in trying to get the bartender's attention.

Instead, all drinks orders will be taken at the table and you will not be allowed to booze by the bar. This is so that there is limited contact between customers as well as a measure to keep serving staff safe.

Pub staff will also be using radios and other electronic devices to communicate where possible, in order to discourage nonessential trips by workers in venues; for instance from the kitchen to the front of house.

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Pub register

In the new post-lockdown world you will now have to give your name to the venue in order to enter.

This record is temporary and will be kept for just 21 days. The measure has been put in place so that if there is a coronavirus breakout everyone who has come into contact with the infected can be informed.

The government guidance stipulates: “You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed.

“This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.”

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Contactless payment will be encouraged wherever possible. Pubs such as Wetherspoons already allow people to order via their app so this will continue.

One-way system and ventilation

Pubs will now have a one-way system in both the toilets and the main venue if they can so as to minimise contact with other customers.

There will also be increased ventilation, with windows and doors fixed open where appropriate to keep fresh air pumped into the premises.

The latest health guidelines will also be visible throughout the premises to serve as a constant reminder.

Live music and performances

Live music and performances will not be permitted because speaking at high volumes or singing can actually increase the risk of transmitting the virus.

Annoyingly for sports fans, this also means that football games will not be shown because that often means shouting and singing.

The government guidelines explain: “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 of the potential for increased risk of transmission, particularly from aerosol transmission.”

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