Pubs and bars invest time and money to make venues safe and viable ahead of busy weekend

For many pubs and bars, the reopening this week has been the fulfillment of a lot of hard work and money invested over the past few months to make outdoor space usable during the recent relaxation of the rules.

Any venue that is able to open its outdoor space looks forward to a busy weekend that will be the first to lift coronavirus restrictions on six social gatherings in pubs and bars this year.

All of the pubs, bars and restaurants Grimsby Live has spoken to have realized that with restrictions as they are, all are at the mercy of the UK weather.

For all venues, some work has been done on old measures that kept us safe from Covid-19 after previous bans were lifted. The biggest change noticeable to most drinkers is the now mandatory follow-up.

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The covered area in the Linden Club is the result of hard work and investment by the directors

Billy Andersen, manager at Linden Club, said, “As in many places, we had to make changes to keep things safe, but much of what we did when we last opened.

“This time around, all the same things are in place to make sure it’s still Covid-safe and of course we have your lead, too, which everyone has to do.

“The owners here really invested in the outside area, they put a lot of money and hard work into developing the space while the space was closed.

“The directors here have really worked hard to get this place ready. That’s what people don’t see – they’re the ones down here with the brushes and hammers putting the new furniture and stuff together.

“We had a marquee last year, but if the wind was blowing it would be a bit of a problem. So now we have the new permanent cover that still allows ventilation.”

Ventilation is the keyword for all venues that have invested in outdoor covering. Temporary tents are one of the most popular options, but everyone needs to make sure that at least half of the wall space is open at all times.

Government guidelines state that “To be considered” outdoors “, shelters, tents and other structures can have a roof, but must always have at least 50% of the area of ​​their walls open during use.

Of course, these options are out of reach for many. According to an industry report, only 38.2% of the licensed space has designated outdoor areas across the UK.

For those lucky enough to have ample space, it has not been easy to turn often neglected areas (thanks to the local climate) into their only service areas.

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Immingham Mayflower Manager Scott Forrington said: “With the news that we can only serve outdoors for at least five weeks, we have no choice but to improve the outdoor area so our customers can have a drink and now something to eat can enjoy in the new. ” Environment.

“When we first took over, the beer garden was an overgrown, unloved and neglected area that could only really be used. It appeared to be a garbage dump.

“Me and Lindsay turned this around. With the help of Punch, we built a covered pergola along with heating and lighting in the” Love Island “style.”

“We are hoping for nice weather because we have limited space in the back, but we have invested in another five new eight-seat tables in the front and on the sides, but this is England.”

Other venues may not have the outside space to allow for a covered area and are at the mercy of the elements, although there is still much to be done here.

Andrew Kay, who is involved in running a number of pubs and bars in Cleethorpes, said, “It’s been hard work the last few months, I think it was the same for most people – we worked hard to make it to get.” Get things ready and use the time to make changes.

“It’s important that we do everything right so that we stay open and people are comfortable in the outdoor spaces that we have.

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“At Tale of Two we put the screens between the tables, even though they are outside. It is important to us that people still feel safe.”

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