The Queens Head in Pinner were among the thousands of pubs across the country who began to re-open their doors for customers at the start of July after three months of not being able to go down to your local.
PinnerNews caught up with landlord, Sean White, about the extent they had to go to in order to ensure a safe reopening, as well as how successful they were
He said: “We decided to open on the Monday (July 6) rather than the Saturday, but it was hugely successful, we obviously had a less capacity, but we welcomed that.
“I think what customers are looking for is to be confident that they are in a safe environment. Our staff did all the relevant training and it was very important to us that they had a full knowledge of the virus.
“It was very costly to make it as safe as possible, but it was worth it. We have put screens all the way around the bar, all staff have completed the risk assessments and we have also split the staff into colour coded teams.
“We also decided to use an independent company to audit the health and safety measures we put in place and were really proud of that results. We hope it gives people the confidence to stay with us.”
Sean also admitted that the pub has suffered financially as a result of the pandemic but are now proud to have been able to reopen as safely as they have done.
He added: “We have had to bear a huge financial loss. The only thing to have ever closed this historic pub is COVID-19.
“We wanted to guarantee the safety of our customers and we are proud to have made it as safe as we can, we are really eager to get everyone back in, and most so far have been pleased with the reassurance, but we will monitor it weekly.”