Trade bodies team-up to release ‘key rules for reopening’

Hospitality trade bodies in the UK have teamed up to release some “key rules for reopening” as the sector opens up today (12 April) after lockdown.

UKHospitality, the British Beer & Pub Association and the British Institute of Innkeeping issued a joint statement to mark the industry’s reopening from lockdown restrictions.

Among the rules emphasised are: social distancing applies between groups of customers (not within groups sitting at tables), payment is only permitted at the bar as a last resort if payment cannot be taken outside, and test and trace contact details have to be taken for all customers eating and drinking outside at a venue.

A spokesperson for the trade associations said: “Reopening of pubs and other hospitality businesses outdoors is a step forward for the full reopening of our sector.

“Safety of our staff and customers remains our top priority – as is consistent interpretation of the new rules. By referring to this handy checklist, hospitality operators can ensure they are taking the right steps to reopen outdoors.”

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