You will have seen that the move to further relax the restrictions affecting hospitality venues progresses and we look to do that at the Club. We have studied the guidance issued which seems to be a mixture of everyone can do as they choose, but then have to be careful doing it. Operators have to facilitate this but also have a requirement / responsibility to ensure it is a safe environment for staff / customers.
The good news is that a healthy chunk of the population has been vaccinated, but a not insignificant number are still testing positive for the disease and at least until 16th August, it seems, even those double vaccinated will be forced to isolate if notified by test and trace.
In opening we would still look to retain a number of measures for a little while longer, with a view to giving confidence to as many as we can that the Club can be used in as safe a manner as possible.
We will continue to have sanitiser available at entrances and throughout the building and would ask people to wear masks while they move around the buildings please.
We will maintain table service in the function room, when in use, and encourage the use of tables in the bar areas. Drinking outside is now permitted.
In order to try and protect staff and avoid a potential scenario whereby we would not be able to open due to too many having to isolate, protective screens will be maintained on the bars. Patrons in the Player’s and Lounge bars will be able to order / be served at the bar, but we will, numbers permitting, also look to maintain table service.
Over the next three weeks the British and Irish Lions tests with South Africa will be shown on a number of screens in the two bars. All are welcome but are also asked to be considerate of the arrangements.
The proposed opening hours throughout the remainder of the Summer will be;
Monday to Friday 5.30 to 10.30 pm (from Monday 26th July 2021)
Saturday 2.00 to 11.00pm
Sunday Noon to 8.00pm
If there is a function being held, these times may be extended.
Over the coming weeks we will look to see how things develop and what style of operation allows those using and working at the club to enjoy the experience and to feel comfortable.
We have to remain conscious of the risk of catching this virus and the fact that if it was as part of a shared experience, isolation would still be the order of the day; potentially for large numbers. Given the irony that the Prime Minister is in isolation and was unable to leave home for his previously proclaimed "Freedom Day" we hope that you understand why we are maintaining these precautionary measures and will support them, the staff and the Club.
Kick off on Saturday is 5.00pm, but arriving a little earlier might be advisable. There is a barbecue planned from 3.30pm, with a not too promising weather forecast much improved at the time of writing, but as with everything else the need for a little flexibility on arrangements might be forced on us - nothing seems straightforward these days!
Hope to see you soon.