Pubs could be reopening as soon as April 12, and those capable of opening are hard at work establishing the right course of action for their customers.
Some pubs have rented entire new properties to be able to give their customers a new, safe and enjoyable drinking experience.
Neptune landlord Steve Kirk will opening the garden at the back of his pub in Derby city centre, which can hold 20-24 people.
“I just want to meet people and get them back in again,” says Steve.
“It’ll be first come, first served, like we did after the last lockdown.”
He expects that he will be serving his guests by waiter service, but will confirm this once more government guidance is issued. He will be opening from 10am to 7pm, although this may be extended once the weather gets warmer.
The Neptune will once again be asking their customers to track and trace and will provided sanitisers and clean all tables between uses.
“It’ll be nice to just get to a bit of normality,” says Steve.
“Even if it’s just a limited opening at first, I just want to serve at the bar again.”
He does not expect opening will be make him much money, but he says that since the PM’s announcement his regulars have been asking how his reopening will happen.
The Cat and Fiddle landlord Karl Bond says his new site at Buxton Pavilion has been rented with the country leaving lockdown in mind.
“We want to give people and enjoyable experience,” says Karl who has rented a unit and space in the gardens at Buxton Pavilion capable of seating 20 people.
His pub, the Cat and Fiddle, has also been renovated with a new courtyard and can house 20-30 guests.
Cover has been ordered for the courtyard along with heaters, to ensure that customers will have a warm place to sit and enjoy their drinks regardless of the weather.
Karl makes his own hand sanitisers and will be doing temperature checks on all guests to help minimise the spread of Covid-19.
All visitors must book before arriving and will be asked to pay a booking price, which begins at £5, and will include the cost of their drink.
He estimates that customers will be able to book a table by the end of this week.
Karl said: “We want to make sure everyone is looked after and that we’re following all the guidance.
“It’s how it was last year, making sure it’s as Covid secure as possible but a nice experience as well. We don’t want it to feel like a hospital waiting room.”
The Cooper’s Arms in Weston will also be reopening, although owner James Cooper is currently planning the specifics of how people can book tables.
“We’re quite fortunate that we have 32 tables,” says owner James Cooper, who revealed that he will be able to seat approximately 150 people in his beer garden at a time.
There are currently no plans for shelter as the pub were unable to receive financial support during the first lockdown and are unable to invest money in covers.
However, James has said once visitors return he hopes to invest in temporary cover for guests outside.
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James will also be supplying sanitiser and asking visitors to use track and trace but says that he and his team and currently working to establish how best their booking system will operate.
James, Karl and Stephen are all excited to welcome customers back and take their first step back to normality.