Wetherspoons reveals £11m plan to make pubs Covid-19 secure

Pubs have been closed for two months

Friday, May 22, 2020

JD Wetherspoon will spend an initial £11 million to make all of its 875 pubs safe for reopening in the wake of coronavirus.

The pub chain said measures will include putting up screens at bars and tables and employing a team of full-time cleaners to regularly clean surfaces and touch points.

Bosses added that all staff will be provided with gloves, masks and protective eyewear. This equipement will be optional and subject to government guidelines.

The detailed update also said each pub will have an average 10 hand sanitiser dispensers and every employee will complete a daily health assessment, including having their temperature taken.

Customers will be asked to make orders via the Wetherspoon app where possible and will be encouraged to pay by contactless card.

Diners will also see a slightly reduced menu and condiments being offered in sachets rather than bottles.

The government has not yet given an exact date for reopening pubs but current advice is to plan for welcoming back customers in July.

Wetherspoon's chief executive John Hutson said it was important to be prepared for an announcement at any time.

“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.

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

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