WITH the Government announcing the reopening of pubs on Saturday, here is how some of the premises on Teesside will be operating to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.

The Northern Echo:

The Six Medals in Middlesbrough will not be opening on Saturday as the owner of the chain, Marston’s are aiming to open their pubs in phases to be able to learn from each other as they open. Therefore, there is currently no open date currently for the Six Medals.

However, customers can find more information on how they will be keeping staff and customers safe on the Six Medals website.

This includes ensuring chairs and tables are at a safe distance throughout the pub, hand sanitizers are placed throughout the building and contactless payments are encouraged whenever possible.

The Northern Echo:

The Dickens Inn will also be making sure to take all the necessary precautions to keep customers and staff safe.

The venue will be taking priority table bookings, something the pub has never had to do before, to ensure that they can keep track of how many customers they will have and keep it manageable.

Every other toilet will be available to ensure social distancing and hand sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the building.

There will also be one way out one way in system throughout the pub to ensure that people are moving through the building safely.

Another first for the bar is the inclusion of table service to ensure people are not loitering at the bar.

Inside the building the staff will be wearing face coverings, and in the pubs beer gardens staff are encouraged to wear face masks, however, it will not be mandatory.

The Dickens Inn has also made sure to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment through a health inspector, and all staff will be made aware of this having read the full risk assessment.

The Northern Echo:

The Isaac Wilson will not be opening this Saturday and will instead be opening on Monday July 6 as they believe it will be too busy and wish to avoid the initial rush of customers, however, they will also be taking similar precautions.

There will be a queuing system into the building and all the furniture has been moved to ensure the correct social distancing between them.

There will also be sanitizing stations throughout the pub much like other venues.

The Northern Echo:

JD Whetherspoons pubs throughout Teesside will be following the same guidelines, these pubs include The Swatter’s Carr, The Resolution, The Thomas Sheraton, The Highland Laddie, The Ironstone Miner and The Plimsoll Line.

Each pub will have employed two full-time staff members who will regularly clean surfaces and touch points throughout the pub.

All of the pubs will have screens at the till point as well as screens in order to create seating areas where social distancing wouldn’t normally be possible.

All pubs will be provided with gloves, masks and eyewear and it is up to staff whether to wear them or not, subject to government guidelines

There will also be an average of 10 hand sanitizers placed around the pubs, including the entrance for customers and staff to use.