Many indoor pubs, restaurants and attractions are thinking through the details of the Prime Minister’s news conference yesterday evening and deciding on their own policy when it comes to face masks.
One well known restaurant in Crayke near York is clear what it will be doing.
Michael Ibbotson from the Durham Ox says he thinks we are a long way from having expelled Covid from our lives.
“We have a duty of care to our customers and our staff to keep us all safe. So from Monday 19th at the Durham Ox we will continue to wear face masks when we are serving inside.
“And we would encourage our customers to do so when they are inside also.”
He has also stated that they are not going to add in any more tables and will keep everyone comfortably distanced.
“We will also encourage everyone to continue using our fabulous outside areas whenever possible. The outside Ski lodge and courtyard all provide stylish comfort with both heat and shelter and our full menu.”
“Table service will remain in place and this will also help to keep standing at the bar to a minimum. The existing screens on the bars will remai too, as will all the sanitising points.”
Face mask stay on at the Jorvik Viking Centre
When many national restrictions are lifted on 19th July 2021, like many indoor attractions and museums across the country, Jorvik says it wants vulnerable people and those awaiting vaccination to feel safe and welcome for their visit.
“We also need to consider the safety of our team, who meet hundreds of visitors face-to-face every day.
“After 19th July, we will ask our visitors to:
- Social distance – please try to remain 1 metre from others. All our visitor feedback suggests that allowing more space between visitors makes your visit a more pleasant experience, particularly during our busy periods.
- Wear a face-covering – our staff will continue to wear face coverings unless exempt, and we strongly encourage you to wear a face-covering throughout your visit.
- Pre-book – to help us minimise face-to-face interactions at our admissions desk and to reduce queueing, pre-booking your visit will remain strongly recommended. Standby places may be available if a time slot has space.
“Many thanks for your cooperation and consideration as we endeavour to keep JORVIK safe and enjoyable for all our visitors and staff.
“Please note that these safety procedures may change according to government guidance and as the situation progresses.”
Back at the Durham Ox, Michael and Sasha Ibbotson, writing on Facebook say, “There are plenty of pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs, that I am sure on 19th July will let you do whatever you like and jam you in.
“Respectfully please feel free to go to them. I have instructed my general manager Paul and his team that we will be adopting a more cautious approach at the Ox to returning to normal.
“By doing this we will be limiting disruption to the business and keeping all of us as safe as possible”
There will be many others doing the same thing and some will take a different view so we will add to this story over the coming days and let you know when it’s updated