Wetherspoon bosses have revealed how pub staff can give customers their drinks in a way that minimises cross contamination.

The popular pub chain announced its safety plans for 875 pubs last week. Now, more details have surfaced.

It believes it has an ingenius way to minimise the contamination risk between staff and customers. 

The detailed guidance states: "Staff will hand over all drinks holding the base of the glass and when ordered by the app they will be delivered to the table on a tray and placed on the table using the base of the glass.”

Although pubs have not yet been permitted to reopen, many businesses are planning ahead and preparing protective measures as lockdown eases.

What are the other safety measures?

Pubs will have separate entrance and exit doors, when possible depending on the venue.

Customer entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers and barriers, with clearly printed information explained customer guidelines.

There will be an average ten hand sanitiser dispensers around each pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.

While customers are asked to use the Wetherspoons app, they can pay at the bar using credit/debit cards, contactless and cash.

Protective screens will also be set up to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate tables.

Screens will also protect till points and staff will be given gloves, masks, and protective eyewear – which can be worn if employees wish to.

There will be a limited food menu, and condiments will be provided through sachets instead of the usual bottles set aside.

Each pub will have a member of staff working full time to sanitise all the contact points. These include door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and handrails.

Another employee will be dedicated to monitor the pubs at all times and to ensure social distancing standards are maintained.

There may be more than two staff members at bigger pubs.

Employees will have to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm they are fit to work, including recording their temperature using a digital thermometer.

Safety is ‘paramount’

Kwame Tefe, manager at Wetherspoons pub The Moon Under Water, told our sister title, the Watford Observer: “At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs.

“However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“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 staff and customers is paramount.”