The Stanley Arms gears up to reopen its doors this Saturday

Pubs, restaurants and cafes were given the green light to reopen from tomorrow, July 4 as part of easing lockdown measures in the UK.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 11:39 am

The Stanley Arms, on Lancaster Road, is among other pubs, restaurants and cafes in Preston that are welcoming customers back through their doors tomorrow.

Since the Prime Minister announced the UK-wide lockdown for hospitality businesses on March 20, manager Paul Butcher and his staff have been eager to serve the public again.

"I'm looking forward to getting people back into Preston, into the pubs to have a nice time. My staff are desperate for it, they want to get out and move along," he said.

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Pub manager Paul

"We like to do our bit to help Preston and the wider economy."

According to Government guidelines, premises must ensure that customers can adhere to the new one metre social distancing rules, as well as implementing measures that mean they can order and pay from their mobile phones.

"Customers will notice our floor markings, a few signs for the toilets and screens on the bar and we will be doing table service wherever possible," said Paul.

"We ask people to use our toilets responsibly and not crowd them, and to please sanitise your hands. We have been told in the guidance that the best thing we can do is keep the place clean to keep from surface transmission.

"As much as people can do to stop the spread of the virus will be good for us all."

The pub, near the Harris Museum, asked people to book in advance where possible. Customers will need to send their name, email and phone number to their Facebook page for the NHS' Track and Trace system.

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