As leisure and hospitality businesses, including bars, pubs and restaurants, start to re-open their doors from Saturday 4 July, Carole Woodall (Derbyshire Police Communications Administrator) offers the following advice to help make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.
Please remember that social distancing rules continue to apply (recently revised by the government to ‘one metre plus’) and you may be expected to queue outside venues or at the bar once you are inside; you may also be asked to provide your details at every place you visit to assist with track and trace.
We anticipate that Derby and towns across the county will be busy when establishments re-open for the first time, so if you need to book a taxi make sure you do so well in advance, because the government advice is that you should continue to avoid using public transport where possible; if you do need to use a train or bus, remember that face coverings must be worn.
Extra officers will be on patrol over the weekend of 4/5 July to make sure that people can enjoy the county’s pubs, bars and restaurants safely.
Owners of licensed premises will need to have the appropriate risk assessments and plans in place to ensure both staff and customer safety. Owners should seek advice from their local environmental health officers and licensing teams for further advice if required.
Commenting on the re-opening of the hospitality sector, Inspector Emma Marshall said: “It’s great for the local economy that the pubs and restaurants can re-open, however people visiting need to be aware that their evening out is likely to be very different from previous nights out in the towns and cities.
“People will need to be patient as queues are likely to be longer than expected and respect the rights of other to socially distance while everyone takes the opportunity to enjoy themselves. We will be supporting our colleagues in environmental health to identify breaches and take appropriate action where necessary.”
Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Communities, Neighbourhoods and Streetpride, said: “Derby has been awarded Purple Flag status as a safe and welcoming place to come and enjoy a night out for the past six years. Coronavirus isn’t going to change that. We’re working really hard with our great venues to ensure that it’s going to be just as safe to come into Derby and enjoy a really good night out whilst following the necessary guidelines to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“Things are obviously going to be different and so we’re asking people to be respectful, patient and work with us to make sure we can continue to enjoy a safe night out.”