There’s no denying that hospitality has been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic, but with pubs and clubs due to reopen from July 4th, there is some optimism that the sector will be able to bounce back relatively quickly.
Some challenges will remain for the medium term at least, but the recent shift from two metres of social distancing to ‘one metre plus’ means it’s much more feasible for pubs and clubs to open and operate in a profitable and, crucially, an economically sustainable way.
Here are some of the obstacles pubs and clubs will face, not only on day one but going forwards, as the industry looks to cater for customers who want to get back to a ‘new normal’ and enjoy some leisure time out of the house again.
Cash or card?
Contactless card payments have become standard in shops and supermarkets, as it’s better to avoid direct contact with surfaces – including PDQ keypads and handling cash.
However, many gaming machines are not allowed to accept card payments. Pubs and clubs should have plenty of coin ready for day one and beyond, including till floats and coin-op machines like fruit machines.
Keep your distance
Social distancing will remain crucial for the foreseeable future, but the guidelines may change fairly often.
Ahead of the hospitality sector reopening on July 4th, the ‘two-metre rule’ was joined by ‘one metre plus’, which allows customers to be closer together if other mitigation measures are used.
That means avoiding direct face-to-face positions and using physical barriers like plastic or glass screens to separate different groups of customers.
Pubs and clubs can also control the movement of people around the premises, using methods like staggered arrival times, table service and careful management of how many people can use the bathrooms at any one time.
Many parts of the economy will be looking to bounce back quickly, and after weeks of staying home, it’s likely many people will be yearning to get out of the house too.
For pubs, clubs and bars, that means there’s a huge opportunity to get revenues back to some kind of normal during the summer, combining drinks and food sales, gaming machines and any other revenue streams.
Spring was clearly a challenging time, but as the UK starts to emerge from lockdown, pubs and clubs that adapt to the changing social distancing guidelines can hopefully welcome regulars and newcomers alike, and start profitable trade once again.
If you require maintenance checks for your gaming machines as you get ready to reopen, here at Manco Automatics we take pride in working closely with all customers to ensure that their machines work at the peak of their ability. Call us on 0161 870 7777 and we’ll be available to help.