Save our Industry
Published on 04/01/2021
ABSOLUTELY BANG ON THIS ♥️♥️ As I walk into the supermarket with 30 other people at the same time, I think about pubs which used to allow parties of 6 in total from 1 household and meticulously spaced out reservations ensuring guests that aren’t from the same party do not arrive at the same time.
As I take a trolley, that has had just the handle sanitised, I think about pubs which invested hundreds of pounds on ink and paper to print disposable menus to ensure no two guests touch the same menu.
As I walk over to the produce aisle with 15-20 other people around me, I’m reminded of the strict “no mingling / no walking around the pubs other than to use the washroom or enter/exit policy we have in place and the distancing between tables which cut our capacity.
As I watch the woman next to me pick up apples with her hand, check them over closely and then put them back on the open pile and repeats this until she finds the perfect apples — the same thing that all other people that day who want an apple will then do and then put those apples into their mouths, I think about the two step sanitation process in place at pubs for all cutlery and dishes and glassware in between every single guest, and the sanitation of every surface guests touch (tables, chairs, doors, salt and pepper shakers, etc).
As I watch the man in the next aisle over ignore or not notice the directional arrows on the ground, I think about pubs and the constant redirecting our staff did of guests - by locking certain doors, blocking areas off and the work my team does to simply not allow guests to walk where they are not supposed to.
As I walk down the cereal aisle, I see a person with their mask off so they can talk on the phone, and I’m reminded of pubs where our masking policy has lost us so much business as we did not allow guests who did not cover their nose mouth and chin while not sitting at their designated seat as per the by-law in place for our region.
As I check out at the till, I use my debit card to pay and see the plastic film covering the terminal. It was not sanitised after the person before me used it.
As I stand at a crowded exit trying to leave, I’m reminded of the detailed contact tracing in place at my bar and restaurant that records the name, phone number, table number, arrival and exit time, as well as the server and section the guest sat in that is in place at pubs - not one of those pieces of information was taken from any customer here.
Pubs, Bars and Restaurants are being targeted as the “source” of Covid infections because we are one of the ONLY industries required to provide contact tracing. Someone with Covid could have gone to ASDA, TESCO, B&Q, RETAIL SHOPS & any other shop/ supermarket etc yet it’s the hospitality trade that took their detailed information that will be forced to close and deemed responsible for the infection.
You want to blame hospitality for the spread after thousands of pounds investing in equipment, training and stricter policies than ANYWHERE ELSE?!"
We are CLOSED
Hospitality is on its knees 🥲