We understand how difficult it is to keep up to date with the recent numerous changes in the legislation and mandatory requirements, especially if you own or manage a bar, pub or restaurant. The following information summarises the changes to date, we hope that by providing this information it will support you in putting the necessary measures in place, to ensure you are compliant.
The legislation requires that premises licensed for the sale of alcohol including restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, members clubs and casinos, may only sell food or drink for consumption on their premises if:
Our interpretation of this is that pubs and bars will be required to provide full table service and that customers will not be able to order, stand at the bar and / or visit carvery service points.
It is now compulsory for staff (who have contact with customers) and customers to wear face coverings unless seated at a table to consume food or drink. This means that customers must wear a face covering while on the premises waiting to be seated to their table and when leaving the table to visit the toilet or exit the premises. Find more information on face coverings and where they must be worn.
Find more information on track and trace requirements.
You must ensure the distance between tables occupied by different groups must be at least two metres or at least one metre if there are barriers or screens, or tables have back to back seating or otherwise so table 1 and table 2 are not face to face at a distance of less than two metres, or other suitable alternative measures are in place to limit the spread of infection.
Table seating plans must follow the rule of six, no more than 6 people should sit at a table unless they all live together, or are in the same support bubble. (You may be asked to provide evidence that groups of larger than six all live together,or are in the same support bubble).
You must also discourage avoid social interaction between customers from different tables, even if they are people they know.
Find more information on safely meeting with others
If you have any queries or require further information please contact us.
Phone: 023 8028 5411
Food and Safety Team
New Forest District Council