Quiet music and ordering apps: Falmouth pubs in time of coronavirus
By The Editor
16th Sep 2021 | Local News
Music must be turned down low, ketchup sachets will replacebottles and pints should be ordered on your smartphone in pubs
and restaurants in England, new guidance from the Government has said.
The guidelines published on Wednesday, ahead of lockdown measures easing on July 4, ask restaurant and pub bosses to ensure that customers and staff can be safe while enjoying a drink or a meal.
It includes obvious measures, such as ensuring social distancing,cleaning bathrooms and reducing contact between people. However, the atmosphere inside venues is also likely to change
Not only will they welcome fewer people in order to ensure thatcustomers are sat further apart, but the stereo, or football match on
the TV will also be turned down.
The guidance reads:
"All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other.
"This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music orbroadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a
volume that makes normal conversation difficult."
This is because as people start shouting or speaking up they aremore likely to launch the virus into the air and spread it to other
customers - so-called aerosol transmission.
Pubs and restaurants will also be asked to get their customers toorder food directly to their tables using a smartphone app, where
Another casualty of the coronavirus restrictions is likely to be thebottle of vinegar or jar of mayonnaise, as the Government
encourages businesses to replace these with disposablealternatives. And gone are the days of picking up your own knives and forks at
the counter. Cutlery should only be brought to the table with thefood, according to the Government recommendations. Meanwhile, queues are here to stay, as the guidance to ensure that
people wait their turn outside venues.
This will mean that managers have to cooperate with theirneighbours to ensure that queues waiting to get into two places do
This cooperation could stretch as far as staggering opening times toensure that people are not queuing and taking public transport to
the venue at the same time.