Wetherspoons to reopen 394 pubs on April 12 – here's which locals will be reopening in Dacorum
Here's the expected rules for customers
Drinkers in Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted will be able to enjoy a long awaited tipple at their local Wetherspoon pub as the chain has announced that it is set to reopen beer gardens, rooftop gardens and patios at 394 of its pubs in England when lockdown restrictions ease from April 12.
The pubs will be open from 9am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, although some pubs will have restrictions on closing times.
They will offer a slightly reduced menu, with food available from 9am to 8pm seven days a week.
Customers will be able to order and pay through the Wetherspoon app, and staff will be able to take orders and payment at the table.
Customers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the outside areas and use toilets, while test and trace will be in operation and hand sanitisers will be available.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”
Pubs and restaurants in England will be able to serve customers outdoors from April 12 as part of the road map out of the lockdown which has devastated the hospitality sector.
The Wetherspoons pubs in Dacorum set to reopen on April 12 include:
> Full House, Hemel Hempstead
> The Crown, Berkhamsted.
Wetherspoon has 875 pubs in the UK, including 750 in England.
In the Government document “Covid-19 Response - Spring 2021”, it details that in step two, “some sections of our indoor economy and more outdoor settings” can reopen.
This will take place no earlier than 12 April, “subject to an assessment of the data against the four tests” - if step two is delayed, subsequent steps “will need to be pushed back in order to maintain the necessary five week period to assess the impact of each step and provide notice”.
The roadmap states that “the majority of outdoor settings and attractions can reopen, including outdoor hospitality, zoos, theme parks, drive in cinemas and drive in performance events”.
It adds: “Hospitality venues will be able to open for outdoor service, with no requirement for a substantial meal to be served alongside alcoholic drinks, and no curfew.
The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.”