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All Systems Go for Indoor Hospitality Posted On 14 May 2021

Along with every other area of the country, the hospitality industry in Mid Sussex will look forward to the re-opening of pubs indoors, from Monday, May 17th

 

This comes as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, confirmed that the UK would move to step 3 on the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown, meaning that hospitality will now be able to serve indoors, as well as outdoors, so long as the rule of six is applied, consisting of no more than two households in any one party.

Among those who relish this news, is James Cuthbertson, director of The Lockhart Tavern in The Broadway, Haywards Heath. However, despite Johnson’s promising statement, Cuthbertson still feels slightly in the dark about the individual details of the new rules. He told the Mid Sussex Times that although he was ‘relieved’, he thought the statement lacked fine detail. He said, ‘They talk about social distancing but they’ve not given us specifics’.

In particular, Cuthbertson spoke of the lack of clarity about how rigorous the social distancing needs to be when customers are sat at tables, as well as the ambiguity about making sure that any one party is limited to two households. Despite these concerns though, Cuthbertson feels confident that the re-opening of indoor hospitality won’t see a spike of infections.

The good news for pub-goers keeps coming, as the new easing now permits a congregation of up to thirty to meet outdoors, meaning that much larger parties can now socialise in outdoor hospitality settings.

Chris Harris, general manager of The Oak Barn Bar and Restaurant, Burgess Hill, also spoke of his delight that his venue will be able to return to some sort of normality. He commented, ‘We couldn’t have asked for much more with everything that’s going on at the moment.’ He also emphasised that despite the ability to enjoy food and drink indoors from next Monday, he will continue to offer great levels of outdoor seating, for those who don’t feel as comfortable sitting indoors.

All hospitality venues will be hoping for an influx of bookings in the coming weeks, whilst also keeping their fingers crossed that step 4, which would see an end to most remaining restrictions, will be on track for June 21st.

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