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Know before you go – a COVID-safety campaign

Know before you go: book ahead and protect your community as pubs, bars and restaurants reopen.

As pubs, bars and restaurants have opened across Oxfordshire today (4 July 2020), Oxford City Council us asking people to book ahead where possible and to carefully maintain social distancing when eating or drinking out.

Whilst the majority of restrictions have officially lifted, there are still rules in place around physical distancing between patrons – meaning not all pubs, bars and restaurants are ready to reopen to the public, or are operating at full capacity.

For example, the popular Victoria Arms in Marston has decided not to open, letting customers know via a statement on their website,  “We will not be opening on the 4th July and ask for your patience and support at this time while we work through our plans.”  The Cherwell Boathouse has opened, but has implemented a very strict ‘bookings only’ system for a heavily reduced number of tables and punt services.

Following conversations with Oxford’s Pubwatch group, the council is advising people considering going out:

  • Check to make sure where you want to go will be open before leaving home
  • As space will be limited, many places are only taking bookings in advance
  • If you haven’t booked in advance you may have to wait or come back later
  • The Bitten Oxford website has a list of places that will be open and is also providing latest updates on Instagram
  • Maintain social distancing in venues and when getting to or from your chosen pub, bar or restaurant – this includes one-way pedestrian guidance in the city centre and on Cowley Road
  • Opening hours may be limited and venues may close earlier than normal
  • Pubs will be offering table service only, though this may vary between waiter service, ordering by an app or at the bar
  • Venues may prefer contactless or cashless payment
  • You may have to give your contact details in case NHS Test and Trace needs to get in touch with you. Your details will be held temporarily for a month
  • No groups of more than six people are allowed. If you are sitting indoors you can only be from two households, though more households can be included in your group if you are outside
  • Each pub, bar or restaurant will have its own rules, so please follow these and maintain social distancing to keep yourself and staff as safe as possible

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