The Adapted Covid-19 Pub / Restaurant
In line with The Adapted Covid-19 Compliant Office and The Adapted Covid-19 Compliant Hair Salon (featuring on our office furniture website Office Reality) we have created The Adapted Covid-19 Compliant Pub or Restaurant taking in to account the measures which have been discussed and developed by government officials and professionals from the hospitality industry.
So, what can we expect?
On arrival and prior to entering, you may be greeted by a member of staff who will be known as a ‘Pub Host’. Their role will be to welcome customers, show them to their tables and manage queues. There may also be a member of staff known as the ‘Pub Safe Monitor’ who will be responsible for maintaining levels of hygiene to keep customers safe. The Pub Safe Monitor will also be a clear point of contact for customers or members of staff who wish to raise any concerns surrounding hygiene levels.
Staff wearing masks and gloves
If British pubs follow the lead of other European establishments that have already reopened their doors; Pub Hosts, Pub Safe Monitors and other members of staff may be wearing facemasks. You may also expect to see bar staff wearing latex gloves when it comes to pouring pints or making cocktails.
Contactless ordering using apps
To minimize congestion at the bar, customers may be encouraged to order food and drink via an app on their mobile phones. This has already been implemented by Wetherspoons, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and has proven to be extremely successful. The Hungrrr app is one example which allows customers with an iPhone or android phone to order food and drinks without leaving their seat.
A reduction of tables and chairs, creating more space
In order to manage social distancing, existing restaurant furniture, Café tables and dining chairs will be reduced, reconfigured and spaced out. Some pubs are claiming that they will not be able to survive if the 2 meter rule is adhered too and are lobbying that it is reduced to 1 meter - the current distance advised by the WHO (World Health Organisation).
An increase in al fresco dining, outdoor furniture, and market style food stalls
In response to managing social distancing effectively in pubs and restaurants, government ministers are drawing up plans to relax outdoor seating licenses within weeks. This potentially could entail closing some roads to allow for extra tables and chairs to be utilized and lifting some pavement restrictions. Your local high street may soon resemble the al fresco cafes and bars in Spain, France or Italy. We hope the weather holds! We have a vast range of outdoor furniture to help with increasing table numbers in the sunshine or a parasol in case it rains!
An Increase in Protective Floor Screens
During the beginning stages of lockdown, many architects and interior designers created conceptual ideas of work establishments, schools, pubs, cafes, and restaurants post lockdown. Some of these ideas were quite alarming, featuring clinical looking acrylic or glass screens at every turn or point of contact. Suppliers and manufacturers are now designing and manufacturing screens that are ‘warm’ and ‘friendly’, with rustic wood or leather panels ideal for the hospitality industry. Our Protect Express Protection Screens feature a black frame and lower panel in a choice of Marble, Oak, Rustic Wood or Chesterfield leather effect which will compliment several different environments.
Another type of screen that has been popular is the Future Protection Mobile Goal Post screen and Protect Floor Standing Wooden Goal Post Screen. These screens are lightweight as the lower area remains open, almost halving the weight of a standard full panel screen and allowing for wrapped cutlery, condiments, or single use menus to be passed through if necessary. This is a suitable lightweight solution for when you need to configure spaces or seating areas quickly and easily. The wheeled castor feet mean they can effortlessly be pushed along.
A one-way system
It is likely that customers will have to follow a one-way system and will not be allowed to leave through the entrance, only through clearly marked exit points. Toilets may also adopt a one in, one out policy, potentially utilizing a traffic light system.
These changes will be introduced in most pubs and restaurants that are reopening their doors from 4th July. Some pubs and restaurants have carried out trial runs to see if the new safety measures are workable. We hope that these measures will not detract from the overall feel of the pub or dining experience. Those restaurants and pubs which can adapt to the new environment quickly and easily should be able to recreate the ‘pub and dining experience’ without too much compromise.