Calls for sensible approach as outdoor hospitality reopens

Published: Sun 11th April, 2021

People are being urged to plan ahead and book if possible to avoid queues and make sure they follow the restrictions at all times, in particular the need to continue following social distancing rules.

From April 12, pubs, restaurants, cafes and other venues with outdoor seating are allowed to open their premises for the first time since the beginning of November.

Customers will be offered outdoor table service where they must order, eat and drink while seated. Social contact rules will still apply with restrictions limited to the rule of 6 or 2 households for any table booking and social distancing guidelines will still be essential.

Alan Twells, head of regulatory services at Charnwood Borough Council said: “While it is great to see more businesses reopening, we need to remember that this pandemic is far from over.

“Although case numbers are going down in Charnwood and across the country, we still need to be sensible and not undo all the hard work that has got us to this point.

“If you visit a pub, restaurant or café, please do so sensibly. The businesses have worked hard to introduce new measures so they can reopen safely. There is no excuse for irresponsible behaviour, breaking social distancing rules or excess drinking, so please support your local hospitality businesses and help to avoid any added burden to our already stretched emergency services.”

The Council and Love Loughborough have been working alongside the businesses to introduce a range of measures to ensure customers and staff are safe.

  • Customer details will be taken to assist with test and trace or a QR will be readily displayed.
  • Informing customers of guidance through signage or notices at the point of booking or on arrival.
  • Providing outdoor table service only.
  • More spacing between outside space and tables will be in place and 2m social distancing measures are in place (or 1m+ mitigation)
  • Any outdoor structure will be at least 50% open to the air to allow adequate ventilation
  • Using apps to order drinks
  • One-way systems and new toilet access instructions
  • Strict hygiene and cleaning operations in place
  • Ensuring staff are familiar with the guidance.

Charnwood Borough Council will have stewards in Loughborough town centre and in the high streets around the borough over the next few weeks to help keep everyone safe by monitoring activity and offering guidance and advice.

Government Roadmap - Step 2: What are the changes from April 12?

  • All non-essential retail to reopen
  • Outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • Personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • Gyms and other indoor leisure can open again for use individually or within household groups
  • Outdoor attractions like zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will be able to reopen
  • Some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • Public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • All children’s activities can resume, including indoor parent and children groups with up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions for up to 15 people must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • Self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • Care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • You should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible

More information on the government roadmap out of lockdown can been found on the Government Website.