Social distancing & Bar rules
More on Social Distance rules here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery
National restrictions begin in England from 5 November. People should stay at home where possible and should only travel to work if they cannot work from home.
Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. Sale of alcohol is permitted via pre-order for collection or delivery services only.
- Let customers know that by law they can only visit in groups of up to 6 people (unless they are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than 6). Check with customers on arrival who they are with and how many people will be attending. Put up signs to remind customers to only interact with their group. Businesses could be fined for allowing customers to socialise in groups larger than 6.
- Ensure staff wear face coverings. By law, staff in hospitality settings must wear face coverings when in customer facing areas, unless they have an exemption.
- Close between 10pm and 5am. This is required by law. Delivery services can continue after 10pm.
- Ensure all customers remain seated. Prevent social contact by ensuring customers sit down to eat and drink at the venue. This is required by law.
- If you sell alcohol, provide table service only. Take orders from seated customers, instead of at a bar or counter. This is required by law.
- Keep groups apart. Space out tables, consider using barriers between groups, and manage the number of customers in the venue. This is required by law. Manage the number of customers in the venue.
- Manage food and drink service safely. Avoid situations where customers need to collect their own cutlery and condiments. Avoid contact between staff and customers.
- Lower music and other background noise. Prevent shouting, singing and dancing in the venue by making sure music and broadcasts are played at a low volume.