Dorset's Wetherspoons pubs to stay open as normal

Dorset's Wetherspoons pubs to stay open as normal

Published by George Sharpe at 1:15pm 20th March 2020.

JD Wetherspoons are keeping all their UK pubs open until the government advise otherwise.

All Wetherspoon's pubs, including the ones in Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport, will stay open across the UK.

Until the government say differently, they will keep their normal opening and closing times.

With 870 pubs across the UK, the company are taking further precautions to minimise the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) for all customers and employees.

The Royal Oak
The Royal Oak in Dorchester

Taking the advice on social distancing, pubs will ask customers to move away from the bar once they have finished their drinks.

Tables will be well spaced, and customers will be asked to respect others by choosing a different table in the pub.

The average Wetherspoon pub is more than 4,000 square feet, which is approximately three times the size of an average pub.

As there is a Wetherspoons app available, customers can use it to order food and drink to be delivered to their table.

The Swan Wetherspoons
The Swan in Weymouth

Other precautions they have put in place are, all payments to be made by card, where possible; regular updates being provided to all employees. reinforcing personal hygiene controls including proper hand-washing for both customers and employees.

All Wetherspoons pubs will clean and sanitise contact points more frequently and dish/glass washers will fully sanitise all cutlery, plates, cups and glassware after every use.

Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin says:

"We are continuing to take account of official guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England."