JD Wetherspoon budgets an initial £11m to convert sites for reopening

JD Wetherspoon pub

JD Wetherspoon has budgeted an initial £11m to ensure its pubs can reopen safely and hygienically.

The 900-strong pub chain is currently drawing up guidelines for how its pubs will look when they are allowed to begin trading again, which could be as soon as the start of July.

Wetherspoon said it has undertaken extensive employee consultation and consulted with many of its suppliers and contractors, as well as referring to UK Hospitality advice to draw up its plans.

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Staff will be provided with gloves, masks and protective eyewear and it will be up to them to decide if they wish to wear them, subject to government guidelines.

Workers will have their temperature taken using a digital thermometer when they arrive for their shift. They will also be required to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire.

An average of 10 hand sanitiser dispensers will be installed around each pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.

Wetherspoon kitchens will serve a “slightly reduced” menu, while disposable condiment sachets will replace shared bottles.

Chief executive John Hutson said: “At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs. However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as area managers in order to draw up our plans. We have received more than 2,500 suggestions from our staff.”

A member of staff will be employed full time to sanitise all contact points during opening hours, including door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and hand rails.

Signage and screens will be used to ensure guests keep to social distancing guidelines.

Additionally, staff will be instructed to hold the base of the glass when serving drinks, while food will be delivered to the table by a member of the floor staff.

All staff are due to receive a full briefing and training on the new protocols before pubs reopen.

JD Wetherspoon invited The Sun newspaper into The Mossy Well pub in London this week to show how its sites could look once the changes are made.

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