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How JD Wetherspoon pubs plan to operate after lockdown

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is to invest £11 million on measures to ensure its pubs can reopen when the government gives the go-ahead.

The company, which has a branch at the Corn Exchange in Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, says all of its pubs will have screens at the till point and there will be screens in areas where it is not possible to separate tables to the social distancing requirement.

Wetherspoon will provide gloves, masks and protective eyewear to staff with an average of 10 hand sanitiser dispensers around each pub including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.

The Corn Exchange Wetherspoon pub in Bury St Edmunds
The Corn Exchange Wetherspoon pub in Bury St Edmunds

Dedicated staff will monitor social distancing, there will be a member of staff on the door at peak times and pubs will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible.

Each pub will have staff working full time to sanitise all contact points during opening hours including door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and hand rails.

Customers will be asked to use the Wetherspoon order and pay app, wherever possible, or pay at the bar using a credit/debit card and contactless, although cash will be accepted.

Staff will hand over drinks holding the base of the glass and when ordered by the app they will be delivered to the table on a tray and placed on the table using the base of the glass.

Food will be delivered to tables by a member of floor staff.

John Hutson, chief executive of Wetherspoon, said: “At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs.

“However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as area managers in order to draw up our plans.

“We have received more than 2,500 suggestions from our staff.

“The safety of our staff and customers is paramount.”

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