Health & safety

Risk: all pubs must complete a coronavirus risk assessment before reopening

Gov Reopening Guidance

How to manage risk when reopening your pub

By Nicholas Robinson

Government guidance for pubs reopening from 4 July clearly states that businesses must carry out detailed risk assessments before putting coronavirus prevention control measures in place and opening to staff and the public.

Cost worry: ‘I am concerned operators could be spending hundreds of pounds on new layouts and capacity measures, that may, come 4 July, be wrong’, says Sacha Lord (centre)

Opinion

The longer we wait, the less ready we will be

By Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester

It's just over three weeks until the sector is meant to reopen - but little is known on how we’re meant to be reopening.

Common thread: ‘many pubs will struggle to open at all, having environments not designed for social distancing,’ according to BII chief executive Steve Alton

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One-in-four pubs can’t reopen at 2m distancing, BII survey finds

By Stuart Stone

The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has found that while three quarters of pubs could reopen in some way, shape or form, under two-metre social distancing rules, 82% of them would do so at less than half of pre-pandemic turnover levels.

Safety cost: pubs set to pay out for coronavirus safety measures

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£3k to make each pub safe, says trade poll

By Nicholas Robinson

Almost a quarter of pubs are expecting to pay out up to £3,000 to ensure staff and customer safety once pubs are allowed to reopen, something that could happen in a matter of weeks.

Higher or lower? Most pubs will keep menu prices the same

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‘Prices will be kept the same’ say 50% of pubs in poll

By Nicholas Robinson

The majority of operators asked in a weekly hospitality poll have said they plan to keep their food and drink prices the same as before lockdown, while half also said they expected trade levels to reach no more than 40% of pre-coronavirus levels in the...

A close call: how can pub kitchens operate under social distancing measures?

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How can pub kitchens operate with social distancing?

By Stuart Stone

While two-metre distancing in pubs remains a raw subject, we look at what measures operators need to consider to avoid making a meal of their post-lockdown kitchen policies.

Cleanliness standards: hygiene practices have been outlined in the guidance

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UKH reveals guidance for reopening

By Nikkie Thatcher

In-depth cleaning regimes and adhering to distancing rules are two of the main themes operators should consider when reopening, trade body UKHospitality (UKH) has outlined.

Outside focus: publicans have been assured that it is unlikely the Government will look to restrict smoking in pub gardens

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Change to smoking regulations in pub gardens unlikely

By Emily Hawkins

There is no sense that ministers will consider changing rules to split pub gardens into smoking and non-smoking areas, according to UKHospitality’s (UKH) chief executive Kate Nicholls.

Sick pay can be reclaimed: the current rate of statutory sick pay is £95.85 a week

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Pubs can claim sick pay for employees back

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators with fewer than 250 employees can recover statutory sick pay (SSP) payments made to employees via a new online service.

Don’t give up easily: Capital Law’s Catrin Povey gives advice on insurance claims

Pubs should push harder on insurance, expert urges

By Catrin Povey

Pubs facing challenges in claiming on their business interruption insurance policies should not give up and simply accept their insurer’s initial denial, writes Catrin Povey who leads Capital Law’s insurance practice.

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