27th Sep, 2020

Table service and hand sanitiser: Solihull pubs face tightened rules on coronavirus

John Carlon 16th Sep, 2020

NEW rules for restaurants in Solihull mean all customers must stay at their tables.

If pubs or restaurants have outside space, they now have to offer outside table service, according to Solihull Council.

As some coronavirus restriction return to Solihull this week, the borough is seeing tighter rules on hospitality businesses.

Cafes, restaurants and pubs must keep registers of customers, hand sanitiser must be available and mixing between social groups is banned.

A spokeswoman for Solihull Council said: “Across Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull we are seeing cases of Covid-19 rise and therefore it is essential that hospitality venues take all possible steps to ensure customers are safe when visiting.

“In light of the growing case numbers across our areas we recommend that the following guidelines are considered essential to a Covid-19 safe premises risk assessment in hospitality and to avoid further restrictions.

“Indoor table service must be used alongside measures assigning a single staff member to specific table(s) to avoid mixing of staff between tables.

“Outdoor table service must also be provided if there is outside space and customers must either be standing within assigned spaces to ensure no mixing between groups of six or seated at tables.

“Contact between kitchen workers and front of house workers must be avoided. For example, by having zones from which front of house staff can collect food.”

The borough’s new rules include a one-in-one-out system for venues’ toilets.

Staff must also wear face masks if they are less than 2 metres from customers.

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