According to the pub company and brewer, opting for a 6 July restart ensures that it can open as many managed pubs as possible with its ‘Pub Safe’ pledges.
The company’s 1,700 estate of managed pubs will follow the ‘Pub Safe’ promises, designed to help look after team members and ensure customers can socialise safely.
The promises focus on hygiene and safety, while aiming to maintain the atmosphere of the pub. They are:
- Safe socialising layout throughout the pubs
- Looking after the team so they can look after customers
- Minimising contact
- Hand sanitising and hygiene
- Pub Safe monitor
The layout will include clear signage to direct customers through the pub with tables spaced in line with Government guidelines and customers will be encouraged to pre-book a table instead of standing at the bar.
The bar service area will have Perspex screens and screening will be positioned between booths, where necessary.
On reopening a proportion of its pubs, a Greene King spokesperson said: “We welcome the news pubs, alongside other hospitality venues, can open their doors again from next month.
“Pubs play an important role at the very heart of the communities and have been sorely missed by customers as well as those who work in them.
“We have decided to open our managed pubs from Monday 6 July so we can open as many as possible with our Pub Safe promises in place for the safety of our customers and team members.
“We look forward to welcoming back customers to our pubs and providing the great hospitable pub experience we all love.
“People wishing to book a table at their local Greene King managed pub will be able to do so via the Greene King app, which will be live for bookings from 12noon on Friday 26 June.”