Sheffield pubs reveal reopening plans - including how to watch the football
Pubs in Sheffield have announced what changes will be in place should they be allowed to reopen, as expected, from Saturday, July 4.
One way systems, ordering drinks via apps and having to book tables in advance, with no standing allowed, are just some of the measures being implemented to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Pubs and restaurants are expected to be allowed to reopen from July 4, provided they comply with Government guidelines, and an announcement is likely following the latest review of lockdown measures this week.
Hungry Horse has a number of pubs in Sheffield and elsewhere in South Yorkshire, some of which have revealed what customers can expect.
The Gypsy Queen on Drakehouse Lane in Beighton says some of its team are already back at work getting the place ready to reopen on July 4, should the go-ahead be given.
It said there would be a one-way system in place, with a dedicated entrance and exit, and a full-time pub safe monitor would ensure that social distancing is observed.
There will be screens at the tills, but guests are asked to download the Greene King app to order and pay by phone if possible.
The pub will be seating only and customers are advised to book in advance even if they just want a drink – especially if they want to watch a particular football match – with the booking system reopening on June 26.
“We are VERY excited to get back serving our community and doing what we enjoy,” the pub said in a post on its Facebook page.
The Sword Dancer in Handsworth, which is also a Hungry Horse pub, said it would have similar measures in place, with just one till for cash, protective screens in place and staff wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
It also recommended booking in advance, especially for any fans wishing to watch Burnley v Sheffield United on the day it hopes to reopen.
“My team and I are VERY excited to get back serving our community and doing what we enjoy. I do hope we will be seeing faces new and old... hopefully on July 4,” said the manager.