The pubs may be reopening, but they won't be the same as you may remember them

Pubs across Wales are set to reopen having been shut for well over three months.

And many people will already be set to have their first professionally poured pint for a long, long time.

But although the bars are indeed reopening, it certainly won’t be as we remember them.

Gone are the days of queuing at the bar as you desperately try to make eye contact with the person serving.

And with social distancing still a must, even things that you wouldn’t usually think about – like going to the bathroom – will have changed from what you are used to.

Here are three things that will be will be completely different when you next visit your local.

Ordering a drink

You won’t be able to order from the bar anymore

We’ll start off with the obvious – there will be no ordering from the bar.

Waving notes in the air in an attempt to get served will be a thing of the past – at least for the time being.

When you enter a pub, you will be seated by a member of staff, and that is essentially where you remain for the rest of your time there, other than bathroom breaks.

This is one of the most important ways the Welsh Government plans on reducing the risk of transmission within the bars.

The fewer interactions each person has, the less chance the virus has to spread.

But it does mean that bar staff will be at a much higher risk due to the number of people they will have to interact with.

Raincoats may be needed

Pubs are only allowed to serve people outdoors. Image by Alljengi

The second, and possibly biggest change, is that there will be no indoor seating.

This means that if it rains, well, you’re probably going to get wet.

The reason for this is because evidence has shown that coronavirus transmission rates drop when you are outside.

Dr Chris Smith, a virology lecturer at the University of Cambridge, has previously said that the chances of Covid-19 transmission outside is incredibly small because “the amount of dilution from fresh air is so high”.

This means that if your favourite pub doesn’t have a beer garden (or any other form of outside seating) it will stay shut for the time being.

Bathroom breaks will also be different

Going to the bathroom will be different to what you may be used to

Something we’ve mentioned a couple of times already is how going to the bathroom will be different – but as for the how, well, that’s where it gets a bit more complicated.

Toilets are almost certainly the most dangerous place in pubs in terms of transmitting the virus – it is the only indoors area you will be allowed to visit, and it’s fair to say the vast majority of people will visit it at least once while they are there.

Pubs will almost certainly have to limit the number of people allowed in at once, which could mean having to have a member of staff on the bathroom doors at all times.



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