Tomorrow is Welcome Back Saturday for the hospitality industry, as many cafes, pubs and restaurants, are allowed to reopen their indoor services to customers. In Crewkerne, the King William in Barn Street and The Crooked Swan in Church Street will reopen at 12 noon, with strict Covid-19 health and safety precautions in place. Bilbys in Market Street has also confirmed that their indoor cafe area will reopen tomorrow. Others hoping to reopen later this month or in August, are Oscars Wine Bar, the White Hart Inn and the George Hotel which will be taking hotel bookings for overnight stays from July 4th.

Strict Covid-19 rules apply for the food and drink businesses, reopening inside spaces tomorrow: Customers are not allowed to stand, wait or order from the counter and must remain at their table, with a maximum of six people seated at any one table and payments should be made by bank card. Customers are being asked to bring their own masks, use the hand sanitisers provided and not to turn up if they are feeling unwell. Pre-bookings are advised and during busy times, the maximum stay will be 2 hours.

Customers will also be asked to provide their contact details, so that if anyone contracts the coronavirus, others can be traced and asked to self-isolate. Personal details will only be kept for up to 21 days and then deleted. It won’t be business as usual but is being seen as a step in the right direction. Chris Emmerson of Bilbys said: “Like all businesses we may not get it right first time around and we ask for a little patience, whilst we find the best way to give you the service you are used to.” Please remember that the Covid rules are in place to keep you safe, while the coronavirus pandemic level remains at level three across the country.

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