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Football at the pub & loud music could be banned to stop people spreading coronavirus

Football at the pub & loud music could be banned to stop people spreading coronavirus

PUBS may not be able to show the footie or play music when they return from July 4 – under new Government guidance.

Any entertainment which forces people to raise their voice and shout to be heard should not be allowed when they open their doors once again, fresh advice says.

Watching the match in the pub with a cold pint could be off the cards for the duration of the pandemic
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Buried in the Government’s guidance on reopening pubs and restaurants it says that certain steps should be considered to stop the spread of the virus and prevent pubs from becoming hotspots.

This may include “preventing entertainment, such as broadcasts, that is likely to encourage audience behaviours increasing transmission risk”, it said.

“For example, loud background music, communal dancing, group singing or chanting.”

The guidance goes on to say: “All venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other.

“This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from playing music or
broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at
a volume that makes normal conversation difficult.

“This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission,
particularly from aerosol transmission.”

The guidance means that music is likely to stay off in venues going forward, and showing football, tennis and other matches is likely to be banned.

Anything which makes people raise their voice is discouraged under new rules
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The guidance also contains reams of information for businesses so they can get ready to open their doors from July 4 – as Boris Johnson announced yesterday.

The PM has also announced that social distancing will be cut from two metres to one metre from July 4 to give venues the chance to let more people in.

Some of the rules included:

  • People are only allowed to go to the pub with one other household
  • Customers will have to leave their contact details with pubs or restaurants for 21 days – so they can be tracked if there is an outbreak
  • A limit on numbers inside a venue at any one time
  • People should be encouraged to use contactless payments rather than cash
  • Customers should stay seated at the table and wait to be served rather than going up to the bar
  • Tables must be as spaced out as possible to keep a distance, and venues should be kept ventilated

Yesterday the PM announced that pubs, restaurants and hotels will be allowed to open from July 4.

But gyms, nightclubs, nail salons and spas must remain closed for now as they still pose a risk to spread the virus.

Ministers have said they aim to get gyms open by the middle of next month.

Pubs will be allowed to open from July – but with table service only
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What businesses can open from July 4?

THE following businesses are allowed to reopen from July 4, following the announcement from Boris Johnson today.

  • Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses 
  • Places of Worship
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Restaurants, Cafes and Workplace Canteens
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Theatres and concert halls, but no live music  
  • Museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Funfairs,  theme parks and adventure parks and activities
  • Amusement arcades
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • Social Clubs
  • Model villages
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction.

However, the following businesses have been told they cannot open yet.

The government will be reviewing lockdown restrictions for these establishments over the coming weeks.

Businesses that can’t reopen:

  • Nightclubs
  • Casinos 
  • Bowling alleys and indoor skating rinks 
  • Indoor play areas including soft-play 
  • Spas 
  • Nail bars and beauty salons
  • Massage, tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Indoor fitness and dance studios, and indoor gyms and sports venues/facilities 
  • Swimming pools and water parks 
  • Exhibition or Conference Centres – where they are to be used for exhibitions or conferences, other than for those who work for that venue.

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