PUBS, clubs and restaurants finally get to reopen this weekend after four months of lockdown. The message from Tameside Council is a simple one – enjoy yourselves but make sure you follow the rules.Quite understandably, large numbers of people are expected to make the most of their first chance to meet up for a drink since March.
When they do, they’ll notice pubs and bars have changed the way they operate. This is to prevent the transmission of covid-19 and eliminate the chances of a second spike.
So that everything runs smoothly, Tameside Environmental Services enforcement officers will be visiting licensed premises in the borough to make sure all measures are in place and fully understood.
Social distancing guidelines remain the same, which means customers will have to queue to gain entry. Inside, everyone will have to stay a minimum of two metres (6ft) apart where possible.
There will also be an increased police presence in Tameside’s town centres. Officers will be there to engage with the public, explain the guidelines and encourage compliance. Enforcement will only be used as a last resort.
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, commented: “After so long in lockdown we can understand that people want to go out and have some fun with friends. All we’re asking is that they do so responsibly.
“If we’re going to make sure there’s no second wave of the coronavirus – allowing pubs and bars to stay open – it’s absolutely essential that we follow the guidelines to the letter by continuing to social distance, washing hands regularly, and respecting others.”
Since the easing of lockdown began in mid-June, Tameside Council has been working closely with businesses on the best way to implement safety measures such as enhanced cleaning and hygiene procedures, so that the borough’s economy can be safely reopened.
Anyone worried that businesses are not operating safely, or who feels there are issues within the streets and public spaces used to get to shops, should email their concerns to publicprotection-es@tameside.
Guidance for pubs, bars and restaurants is available at: