Pubs and restaurants are making their long-awaited comeback on July 4th both indoors and outdoors, after Boris Johnson announced more changes to the national lockdown rules including an easing to the two-metre social distancing rule.

Many things are expected to change for the safety of staff and customers.

What will always remain, however, is the quest to quench thirst in one any of Britain’s 60,000+ pubs. Here is everything you need to know when it comes to getting into a pub and ordering a drink

How will pubs operate?

To avoid crowded queues and maintain the social-distance measures, pubs will be using smartphone apps for costumers to order alongside other restricting rules.

Wetherspoon pubs across the country will be using the Wetherspoon app, which allows anyone with an iPhone or Android phone to order food and drinks to their table, without leaving their seats.

Standing at shared bar will not be available as all costumers will be seated in “covid-secure” – as the government describes – arranged tables, while opening hours are expected to change.

Back to back seating, Perspex screens, partitions between tables and regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces as well as regular hand-washing are the rules costumers are required to follow. 

Football, loud music and packed smoking areas will be banned.

Face-coverings will not be obligatory, but costumers might be asked register as they enter the pub as a form of “check-in”.

Moreover, only a specific number of costumers is supposed to be allowed to enter the pubs and can spend around 90 minutes there. Early bookings could result to better service. 

Can I meet with friends at the pub?

Yes, you can.

Evidently, two households can meet each other at the pub as long as they maintain one plus metre distance and choose another household on another occasion. 

7 must-have apps to order drinks in pubs (WiFi required)

  • App2table
  • Sort-it
  • Hungrrr
  • Swifty
  • Wetherspoon 
  • WA pubs
  • Greene King app

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