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Stay Alert to Help Hospitality Trade, Public Urged

By Published May 15, 2021

PUBS and restaurants will need the cooperation of customers in order to navigate the next easing of lockdown safely.

That's the message from Middlesbrough Council as hospitality businesses prepare to welcome customers indoors again.

From Monday (May 17) pubs, restaurants and cafes can once again serve indoors.

But the public are being reminded that to be served indoors groups must be limited to the rule of six, or two households.

The Council's public protection service has today issued five key reminders ahead of stage three of the roadmap out of lockdown:

  • Businesses must display the official NHS Test and Trace QR posters and ask every customer aged 16 and over to check in to the venue. A system must also be in place to collect the details of those not using the app AND take reasonable steps to refuse entry to anyone who refuses to participate
  • In venues that serve alcohol, customers can only order food or drink at their table and they must remain seated when eating or drinking
  • In venues that don't serve alcohol, customers can order and collect food and drink from a counter, but they must be seated when eating or drinking
  • Face coverings must be worn by customers at all times when they are not seated
  • Social distancing must be followed - tables must be two metres apart or one metre-plus if mitigating measures are in place, such as back to back seating or the use of sufficient screens between tables.

As of Friday, Middlesbrough's infection rate was 44 per 100,000 of population. The rate has increased over the past two weeks, reinforcing the need for businesses and individuals to act responsibly

South Tees Joint Director of Public Health Mark Adams said: "The country has obviously made great progress in getting the virus under control, but now more than ever we owe it to each other to keep our guard up.

"Hundreds of people in Middlesbrough work in the hospitality industry and Monday is a big day for them.

"By acting responsibly customers can help businesses to stay open and operate safely, in line with the legislation."

Concerns relating to licensed premises can be reported to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and guidance including videos on the new rules is available on the council website www.middlesbrough.gov.uk

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