The Morning Advertiser has predicted that measures taken by European bars and restaurants in lifting lockdown could provide a template for how the UK pub industry reopens its doors.
Citing the example of venues in Lithuania, Austria, and the Czech Republic, the trade journal offered a prediction of how pubs in this country could still serve socially distant customers.
“In terms of the post-pandemic picture across Europe, a broad range of approaches to social distancing in pubs and bars are being suggested or already taken,” stated the report.
In the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, mayor Remigijus Simasius has designated 18 outdoor spaces where bars can set up outdoor seating areas free of charge, and while pub gardens and terraces in the Czech Republic will reopen on 11 May, indoor seating will only be permitted two weeks later.
French cafes and bars are predicted to be “progressively opened” as of early June, while Austrian restaurants will reopen from 15 May, provided tables are only able to seat four diners spaced at least one metre apart.
Outdoor bar terraces in Spain could reopen this month at 30 percent capacity, while Greek tavernas will introduce socially-distant outdoor seating areas as of June.
However UK pubs adapt, it’s clear social distancing, reduced capacity and stringent hygiene measures will need to be in place before any pints are pulled again.