Details correct at time of writing: 25th May 2021
As I have discovered starting to venture into the world post May lockdown roadmap, a couple of changes for venue check-ins in England seem to have been poorly communicated to a lot of venues, or to their staff.
Couple that with most of the public getting their lockdown information from media outlets, which often don’t communicate more than the “exciting” changes (You can go to the pub in these numerical groups!) and someone looking for tea and cake with gran as part of their visit to your museum may get a bit huffy about the changes.*
If your venue is in England, and especially if it has a cafe, a few things you need to really know/think about at the moment:
Test and Trace
Note the difference between hospitality and general venues when it comes to refusing entry, but that even as a general venue you should be encouraging/asking all visitors over 16 to provide details.
I've asked a few friends and colleagues, and it does seem that a lot of the public are unaware that popping out for lunch together does now mean everyone needs to provide details, or be refused entry.
Not got the updated QR code sheets, changed to ask everyone to check in? You can generate new ones here: https://www.gov.uk/create-coronavirus-qr-poster
Do you want updated posters, both staff and customer facing, with the new check in details?: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html
*Leaving aside what the media chooses to focus on, when I told a friend about the change that everyone should check into hospitality venues, he was amazed that he'd not heard about it previously, and had to spend a good while navigating the government website to actually find that piece of ruling, and that was while he knew what he was searching for as a specific rule.
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