Do I have to wear a Face Mask to Pubs and Restaurants?
ROSSLYN NORTH SUPPLIES
Should you wear a mask if you are going to the pub or to a restaurant? Yes! Be prepared, and don’t leave the house empty-handed!
While the 2 metre distancing rule has now been relaxed to a slightly less clear “1 metre plus”, the risks of carrying, passing on, and catching Coronavirus remain high, and we need to take all necessary precautions still.
While face coverings have been made compulsory on public transport, the government has not made them mandatory in any other public or social settings.
Since pubs and restaurants reopened on 4 July, there is little definitive guidance on what we must or must not do, but best practice still remains clear.
There are some clear recommendations which are important to keep us - and others around us - safe in pubs and restaurants.
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Alongside the 1 metre plus guidance, it’s advised for people to sit side by side rather than face to face, to minimise the numbers of people in enclosed spaces, having hand sanitiser available, only offering table service in inside spaces, and last but very much not least - encouraging the use of face coverings.
So - while it is not mandatory to wear a face mask to pubs and restaurants, it’s still a very good idea.
While you are travelling out to eat or to have a drink, you’re likely to pass other people.
Once you are in a pub, bar, or restaurant, there will be other people around you, and more still moving around and through the space that you share with them.
While it’s obviously not practical to keep a mask on while actually eating and drinking, a mask is still key to your protection and others every time you move around.
So while you are entering and exiting the pub or restaurant, while going to the toilets, while ordering drinks if you’re outside, you’re at risk of spreading or catching Covid-19.
Therefore, it makes sense to keep a face mask or face covering with you at all times when going out, and to wear it as much as is possible and practical.
Written by Rosslyn North
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