These are the new rules you will have to follow as pubs and restaurants reopen

It's an exciting weekend for many as some lockdown restrictions are lifted and pubs, bars and restaurants can open their doors again.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 4:56 pm
New rules for pubs and restaurants opening this weekend.

But social distancing rules and increased safety guidelines are still in place, meaning your first pint in a months could look a little different.

Here are all the rules you will have to follow when heading to a pub or a restaurant.

Limits to the number of people allowed into pubs with markings on the floor to ensure social distancing. Booking tables may even be necessary.

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Drinks delivered to spaced-apart tables.
Customers encouraged to order drinks on smart phone apps, as opposed to queuing at the bar.
Empty glasses will be collected from tables and pub staff will clean bar tops, door handles and fruit machines hourly.
Increased cleaning of toilets and set guidelines of use.
Strict limits on number of customers allowed in at any one time to ensure social distancing.
Staff will patrol beer gardens to ensure social distancing is being observed.
Napkins and cutlery will only be brought out with food and single-use paper menus will replace laminated menus.
Condiments served in single sachets on request.
Reservations encouraged to stagger bookings.
Contactless card payment to be encouraged.
Setting of clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets, with increased frequency of cleaning in line with usage.
Reduced menus likely as chefs try to minimise cross-contamination of ingredients.