'Let's get the atmosphere back' - Mail readers have their say on future of table service at bars and pubs

With nearly all of England’s remaining coronavirus restrictions due to come to an end under Step 4 of the Government’s roadmap, customers in Hartlepool have been sharing their views on table service at bars and pubs.

Wednesday, 7th July 2021, 3:40 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined on Monday, July 5 what life will look like under Step 4, with restrictions on being seated and table service in hospitality among the rules due to end at this point.

Legal requirements to scan QR codes when entering venues will also cease at the same time.

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Mail readers had differing views on whether or not table service should carry on – highlighting the additional work for employees and the impact of cost for venues, versus the benefits for punters and safety for everyone.

An announcement is due on Monday, July 12 as to whether Step 4 will definitely go ahead one week later on July 19.

This is what you said on the Hartlepool Mail Facebook page:

Andrew Woodward: “No way! Let’s get the atmosphere back in our pubs, people socialising with others properly. Table service has its place in restaurants.”

Readers have been sharing their views on table service after Step 4 of the roadmap. Picture: Mark Case/Getty Images.

Angela Flounders: “I love the table service but feel sorry for all the waitresses.”

Bonnie Pinder: “Only if they take on more staff to cope with it.”

Phillip Grimbley: “Most pubs have an app now so it’s a choice, go to bar or order on phone.”

Kevin Guffick: “Yes it's great keep it going.”

Tracey Preston: “No they need to re-open and get everything back to normal. We just have to learn to live with it, as it’s not going anywhere fast.”

Danielle Conville: “Yes and no. Yes because you don't have to wait at the bar for ages, but no because sometimes it can take longer to get served sat down, so would rather go to the bar.”

Martin Brady: “Get them open and no masks. If you don’t like it, don’t go.”

Bethaney Hanlon: “No I’m a barmaid not a waitress! I get paid one wage for two jobs because of this Covid.”

Vicky Tyzack: “Yeah table service is better, don’t have to stand at the bar waiting.”

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