Pubs are ready to welcome customers

Local pubs and restaurants are gearing up to open tomorrow and welcome their regulars back.

Not all are ready to open their doors just yet, but many have put a lot of hard work into making their premises safe for customers to return.

But, whether you fancy a big event or a swift half, a night down the pub will be somewhat different from how we remember it.

From taking contact details of all customers as they arrive and maintaining distance between tables, to a ban on loud music and the introduction of drink-ordering apps, landlords have a lot of issues to deal with.

In Aylsham, Matt Miller and his team at the Black Boys Hotel have been busy turning a large section of the car park into a covered area where people can drink in safety.

“We are taking the necessary steps to make sure the pub environment is safe for our customers to return,” said Matt, who added that he “couldn’t wait” to be open.
“These include hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system and ample space between tables.”
The restaurant is also taking bookings and the popular takeaway service will continue to run. More details can be found on the pub’s website.

The new outside bar at the Black Boys Hotel is ready to welcome old and new friends this weekend.

Elsewhere, some pubs are operating on a booking system, with customers reserving a table for a two-hour sitting, and others are limiting drinking to outside areas only.
Others have decided to wait and see before making up their minds.

Authorities have urged the public to show restraint, drink responsibly and remember social distancing as emergency services put on extra staff for the weekend.
Norfolk’s Assistant Chief Constable Nick Davison said: “I completely understand people wanting to take full advantage of pubs and bars reopening.
“However, life is by no means back to normal and venues will be operating in ways we are not used to.”

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