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Covid-19 Guidance for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes, and social clubs

Coronavirus Roadmap Guidance

Hospitality Sector

The Roadmap – the next step is step 3 which will take place from 17 May 2021. At this point all but the most high-risk sectors will be able to reopen.

This page will review changes introduced from step 3, and general guidance on reopening for all businesses reopening for the first time.

We now know the next stage of the road map recovery plan will be honoured, and businesses can reopen indoor venues from Monday, 17 May 2021. This bulletin is intended for all hospitality-based businesses that are either reopening for the first time since lockdown, or already operating with outdoor service and reopening their indoor service.

Full version of the document can be found here COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (Summary) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The comprehensive document sets out 4 steps to the lifting of restrictions, with a projected final date of no earlier than 21 June where it is hoped the majority of restrictions on the way we live our lives and run our businesses will be lifted.

This document is based on the information and guidance published by government. Please keep an eye on the government website for updates to current guidance which can be found here: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Hospitality Guidance

The rules for reopening indoor hospitality are generally no different to previous measures and controls that were introduced during the latter part of 2020 when venues were operating under the Tier system, but with no curfew and no requirement to purchase a substantial meal.

Summary (Indoors)

  • Table service only (for ordering, consumption and wherever possible, payment)
  • Where alcohol is not sold at the premises, ordering at the counter or bar is permitted
  • Ensure there is plenty of natural ventilation by opening windows and doors where practical
  • Maximum number of 2 households or up to 6 people from different households
  • Social Distancing requirements will apply (2m or reduction to 1m with mitigation) -see below for more details
  • Customers to wear face covering whenever they are walking through or around the premises when indoors
  • Reduction in the 2 metres social distancing separation between customers will require additional steps, or mitigation. Where screens are used between customers and different households, separation can be reduced to 1m only if the screen is substantial, providing good separation lengthways and above head height
  • Where back-to-back seating is the only mitigation, we would expect separation to be at least 1.5m between customers. Please remember that when measuring distances this is between customers and not measured table edge to table edge
  • Side by side seating is not considered to offer any substantial mitigation and therefore separation should remain at 2m
  • Controlling customers as they queue to enter, to leave or use the toilet should be considered and controlled. Floor markings, one-way systems and good signage should be in place and staff should be briefed in advance
  • Face coverings must be worn by staff and customers when passing through indoor areas (unless an exemption applies)
  • Recording all customer details for Test and Trace manually or using the NHS QR poster (unless an exemption applies). It is mandatory to display the NHS poster and this will need to be positioned somewhere easily accessible for customers and where it does not cause a pinch point for queuing. You are advised to display a number of the posters around your venue and locate them in areas of good lighting
  • Remember to ensure you capture all customer details and not just one member of the group
  • Businesses should use best endeavours to capture contact details for customers.
  • For background music or live music, the volume should be kept to such a level that avoids the need for customers to raise their voice or shout. There is no set sound decibel level
  • Customers should remain seated, so no dancing

Summary (Outdoors) 

  • Table service only (for ordering, consumption and wherever possible, payment)
  • Where alcohol is not sold at the premises, ordering at the counter or bar is permitted
  • Maximum number permitted is now up to 30 from different households seated outdoors
  • Social Distancing requirements will apply (2m or reduction to 1m with mitigation) -see below for more details
  • Customers to wear face covering whenever they are walking through or around the premises when indoors
  • Reduction in the 2 meters Social Distancing separation between customers will require additional steps, or mitigation. Where screens are used between customers and different households, or tables are arranged back to back, separation can be reduced to 1m. If screens are used they should be substantial, providing good separation lengthways and above head height.
  • Please remember that when measuring distances this is between customers and not measured table edge to table edge
  • Controlling customers as they queue to enter, to leave or use the toilet should be considered and controlled. Floor markings, one-way systems and good signage should be in place and staff should be briefed in advance
  • Recording all customer details for Test and Trace manually or using the NHS QR poster (unless an exemption applies). It is mandatory to display the NHS poster and this will need to be positioned somewhere easily accessible for customers and where it does not cause a pinch point for queuing. You are advised to display a number of the posters around your venue and locate them in areas of good lighting
  • Remember to ensure you capture all customer details and not just one member of the group
  • Businesses should use best endeavours to capture contact details for customers.
  • Live music in an outdoor setting is permitted, but please remember you should still comply with any licensing restrictions and you should ensure you do not cause a noise nuisance to neighbouring residents. Our advice is to keep the level low to avoid the need for customers to shout
  • Customers should remain seated, so no dancing
  • We continue to advise all staff to wear face coverings when serving customers outside. Although there is no mandatory requirement to do so, you must ensure your risk assessments adequately address the risk to staff and customers at all times and this includes during table service

Funerals and other significant events e.g. Bar Mitzvahs and Christenings

  • Up to 30 guests and family members meeting inside or outside

Preparing for reopening

For all business, whether you are reopening for the first time or if you have been providing outdoor service since the 12th April you should consider the following before reopening indoors: -

  • Review your Covid safe measures and risk assessment, including refresher training for staff, signage and queue management
  • Make sure you have enough trained staff to manage your customers safely and in accordance with the regulations and guidance. Make sure your customers understand your rules and maximum capacity. Let customers know about your rules – social media is a good way to get the message out and manage customer expectations
  • Make sure you have systems in place to take orders and payments at the table
  • If you provide food, ensure your kitchen staff review your food supplies for durability dates, condition and labelling
  • Check for any pest activity
  • Make sure your staff have the necessary food, safety and Covid awareness training. Refreshers courses are recommended for all.
  • Carry out a deep clean of your kitchen ready for trading
  • If you have been closed for a while check your water system is safe from Legionella. More information can be found here: legionella-guidance-covid-19.pdf (cieh.org)
  • Review your menu and allergens controls. It’s recommended to keep your menu simple

There is some good guidance in this link: https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/reopening-and-adapting-your-food-business-during-covid-19

Ventilation

Indoor ventilation in businesses has been highlighted as a major factor to allow safe reopening. Government have published updated guidance here:
Ventilation of indoor spaces to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Some things you might want to consider are:-

  • Do you have mechanical ventilation if so has it been serviced & checked?
  • If you have nothing should you look into this this?
  • Have you windows that open, if not can you make minor modifications or improvements whilst you are not trading?
  • Are there doors you can safely open or other ways to allow air to circulate better inside of your premises?

Pavement Café Licence

If you need to use a pavement to accommodate outdoor seating you will need to apply for a pavement café licence. If you already have a licence but want to change the area you use you may need to apply to amend it. Please be aware that there is a formal 7-day public consultation.

Staff testing

Consider introducing Covid testing for your staff. More information about this can be found here.
https://www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/info/200427/coronavirus_covid-19/1775/covid_19_rapid_lateral_flow_test_lft_site

In case of infection

It’s really important to have a plan in place for when you reopen in the event of a member of staff testing positive for covid 19. Information on what to do can be found in this resource pack COVID-19 Resource Pack for Workplaces - Lancashire County Council

Future dates and forward planning – a precautionary warning

Please keep in mind that the dates mentioned in the roadmap are provisional dates. This means the Government will monitor the number of new Covid cases and if the numbers start to rise again, the dates may be delayed or local restrictions may be imposed.

We have recently seen increases in Covid cases in parts of Lancashire and the North West which are of growing concern so it is vital we continue to be vigilant and follow the rules. Regular Covid testing for staff and effective recording of customers details will significantly improve our ability to limit local outbreaks and manage those that do occur.

We are all hopeful the dates will not be delayed, and that by the 21st June, most restrictions will have been lifted. But there is no guarantee this will be the case.

Therefore we advise all businesses to be cautious before committing to future events, particularly if this includes ticketed events or where there is a financial commitment.

The Council is here to help with advice and support where we can. Please refer to our website for the latest information on Covid. https://www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/coronavirus

We wish you success with the next step of the roadmap.

Spring 2021 Roadmap

Summary of Key changes proposed in the Roadmap Step 3 and 4

Step 3  - 17 May

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions can reopen including soft play areas
  • 30-person limit outdoors. Rule of 6 or two households for indoors
  • Domestic overnight stays permitted
  • Organised indoor adult sport can restart
  • Most significant life events with up to 30 people attending inside or outside
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances)
  • Remaining accommodation can reopen
  • International travel - subject to the traffic light system

Step 4
At least five weeks after Step 3, no earlier than 21 June. By Step 4, the Government hopes to be able to introduce the following (subject to review):

  • No legal limits on social contact
  • Nightclubs
  • Larger events
  • No legal limit on life events

This guidance note is based on the current advice issued. The guidance and regulations are updated regularly, and businesses should keep checking on any changes themselves.

 

 

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