WETHERSPOON pubs have drawn up plans to ensure its staff and customers are safe ahead of any reopening.

The company, which has nine pubs across Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset, will open when it has the official go-ahead from the government after being forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown.

JD Wetherspoon says social distancing measures will result in the employment of two full-time staff per pub, slightly more for bigger pubs, who will regularly clean surfaces and touch points throughout the pubs.

Terri Balloni, manager at The Moon in the Square in Bournemouth, 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.

“The safety of staff and customers is paramount.”

Bournemouth Echo: The Christopher Creeke Wetherspoon pub in Holdenhurst Road, BournemouthThe Christopher Creeke Wetherspoon pub in Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth

The firm says it has undertaken extensive employee consultation and has also consulted with many of its suppliers and contractors, as well as referring to UK Hospitality guidelines. All of its pubs will have screens at the till point.

There will also be screens to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate the tables to the social distancing requirement.

Wetherspoon will provide gloves, masks and protective eyewear. Employees can elect whether to wear them or not, subject to government guidelines.

The company say there will be an average ten hand sanitiser dispensers around each pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.

Every employee will need to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work. This will include having their temperature taken using a digital thermometer.

Dedicated staff will monitor the pubs at all times in order to maintain social distancing standards and there will be a member of staff on the door at peak times.

The pubs will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible.

Customer entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers and/or barriers and there will be clear printed information providing guidance to customers as they enter the pubs.

Each pub will have a member of staff working full time (two staff per pub to cover all opening hours) to sanitise all the contact points during opening hours. This includes door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and hand rails.

Customers will be asked to use the Wetherspoon order and pay app, wherever possible, or pay at the bar using a credit/debit card and contactless, although cash will be accepted.

Staff will hand over all drinks holding the base of the glass and when ordered by the app they will be delivered to the table on a tray and placed on the table using the base of the glass. Food will be delivered to the table by a member of floor staff.

The pubs will also offer a slightly reduced menu and will provide sachets (ketchup, mayonnaise, salt pepper etc), rather than their usual condiment bottles.

They will be open their usual opening hours, which on average is 8am to midnight (Sunday to Thursday) and 8am to 1am (Friday and Saturday).

All staff will receive a full briefing and training on the new way of running the pubs.

The Wetherspoon pubs in the region are The Moon in the Square in Exeter Road, The Mary Shelley in The Quadrant Centre and The Christopher Creeke in Holdenhurst Road, all in Bournemouth, The Nightjar in Victoria Road, Ferndown, The Parkstone and Heatherlands in Wimborne Road, Winton,  The Man in the Wall in West Borough, Wimborne, The Blackwater Stream in Lower Blandford Road, Broadstone, The Lord Wimborne in Lagland Street and The Quay in The Quay, both in Poole.