As you’re probably already aware, the rules and laws around the pandemic are changing significantly in July.
First, whilst masks and social distancing are no longer legally required, they are still very much recommended. We are recommending those measures to our staff and volunteers and we are also recommending them to our customers – until seated. So if you’re moving around the inside of the building, waiting in the queue or engaging with staff at the till we (and they) would very much appreciate it if you could follow those requests where you’re able.
Secondly, table booking is not essential. We are back to our normal complement of seats inside and there’s lots of outdoor seating both on the patio and around the cliffs, tunnel entrance and surrounds.
Finally, there are no restrictions on group sizes either indoors or out.
Just like the rest of the world we were caught off guard by the severity and the speed at which Covid-19 affected us. Back in March, prior to the Government’s advice being issued, we took the difficult decision to close our doors temporarily until it was safe to reopen.
We are pleased to be able to say that we are now nearly at that point.
From Monday June 1st, we will reopen initially as a takeaway. There will obviously need to be some changes to the way we operate and the menu and services we offer for that to happen. In the main the changes are:
We will restrict access to the building so keep numbers of customers low. There will be floor markings indicating the social distancing requirements.
We will remove most of the furniture (although we appreciate that some customers might need to sit whilst they wait for their order to be prepared).
We would prefer you to pay by card (contactless where possible).
Our menu will be changed in order to provide a good selection of takeaway items.
We will be issuing cutlery, napkins etc rather than them being self-serve as they were before.
Key staff have undergone specific Covid-19 infection control training.
Outside furniture will be distributed to allow for lone or household group eating away from the premises.
We will not commence the opening of our evening hire events for the time being until government advice is given allowing us to do so.
Additionally, the Fort Amherst site will reopen to the public on the same day and is a great space to walk, ride and explore. Regrettably the tunnel tours will not be available, but there is still plenty to enjoy.