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Anyone going to Wetherspoons will have to fill in a form before entering the pub

It’s part of the new government guidelines…

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As part of the Government’s Test and Trace policy, Wetherspoons will be refusing entry to customers who do not fill out a short form. 

This weekend the hospitality industry is set to reopen, which will see the much-anticipated reopening of pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes – but they are going to look a lot different than they did when they closed back in March. 

As part of its reopening plan, Wetherspoons has announced that anyone wishing to eat or drink in the restaurant will have to fill out a short form. 

A spokesperson for the pub chain said: “Wetherspoon will introduce NHS Test and Trace in all its pubs in England from reopening on Saturday July 4.

“Wetherspoon is to ask customers to fill out a short form, each time they visit, which contains their name and telephone number.”

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They continued: “Customers will be asked to record their arrival and departure times, and to leave the form in a box as they exit.

“The forms will be stored confidentially for 21 days. After that, they can be safely disposed of.” 

The new system has been put in place by the government to ensure that localised outbreaks of coronavirus can be controlled.

The guidance from the government says: “You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.”

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Alongside the short form, Wetherspoons will look a little different inside, including plastic screens, disposable menus and ordering on an app. 

The menus will also be slightly shorter than usual and the usual condiment caddies will be replaced with disposable sachets of sauces. 

The pubs will also have a one way entrance and exist system where possible, multiple hand sanitising stations and a dedicated member of staff cleaning touch points throughout the day. 

Are you heading out to the pubs this weekend? 

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You can get 50% OFF McDonald’s this week

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McDonald’s are offering 50% off their menu if you order via the app.

All you have to do is download the McDonald’s app and if you sign up for the first time by November 1st you can get half-price McDonald’s.

What’s more, the discount will be valid for 36 days!! 

There’s no minimum spend so you can get burgers for as little as 45p, or go all out and get everything for half the price!

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All you have to do is head to the ‘deals’ section on the app once you’ve downloaded it and select the 50% off offer.

It’s not available at every branch but you can find out if your local is taking part here and read all the terms and conditions.

Don’t worry if you’ve already got the app, you can get £5 off any orders over £15 until November 1st.

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Everyone is fuming at Gordon Ramsey’s £18 take away fish and chips

He’s done it again…

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Gordon Ramsey has been tweeted a lot through the lockdown but not everyone has been impressed with his pretty expensive grub.

We already know about his £19 Full English (where you only get ONE sausage) and a £56 Sunday Roast (I hope it’s got gold on it) but now we’re talking about his fish and chips.

The classic Friday night dinner staple comes in at a whopping £18.50 and you’ll get a grand total of seven chips.

Ramsey posted the video on his Twitter with the caption: “You can’t beat a London House classic…. and this one’s to go!!”

He attached a video which sees him battering a fillet of fish before whacking it in the fryer along with some chips.

It’s all seasoned with salt and put in a takeaway carton. You also get mushy peas, tartare sauce and a muslin cloth wrapped half lemon to squeeze on the top tucked in the side of the box.

Sounds okay so far, right?

Well, not everyone is impressed by the fancy take away fish and chips where you only get even chips.

A follower wrote: “£18.50?? I mean if it came with 8 or 9 chips I’d think about [it] but 7 is taking the p***.”

Another added: “Need a few more chips in there. How much you charging for that? That would get sent straight back.”

A third said: “Fish batter doesn’t even look good, stingy af with the chips and mushy peas and all – bet it costs 10x that of the local chippy and isn’t even half as nice.”

A fourth followed added: “Where’s the rest of the chips? I’ve seen more chips in a seagull’s mouth!!!”

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Seven Brothers make beer inspired by Andy Burnham called ‘The King of the North’

Burnham Beer!

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Seven Brothers Brewery have created a new beer inspired by Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.

Andy Burnham has been nicknamed the ‘King of the North’ across social media for his efforts towards government support for a tier 3 lockdown in Greater Manchester.

But one Manchester-based company has gone a step further, dedicating a new batch of beer to him.

‘King of the North’ is a North England IPA that has been created by Seven Brothers.

The beer is a collaboration with Tip-Jar and their ‘hospitality mates’ across the city of Manchester to help raise funds for individuals who are most vulnerable at the minute. 

They shared the news on social media writing: “Tiers are flooding, the tips have dried up… enter KING OF THE NORTH!”

“Inspired by the Mayor of Greater Manchester and his fight for funding across the North, we’ve teamed up with Tip-Jar and our hospitality mates from across the City of Manchester to raise funds for hospitality workers in need during this difficult time.”

“There are two ways you can help. You can visit the link in our bio and leave a tip at the Tip-Jar link for a struggling hospitality worker. At this not-for-profit venture, all your kind tips are supporting carefully selected individuals.”

“You can also grab a can of our KING OF THE NORTH beer, a portion of all profits will also benefit this venture. This New England IPA is getting a North England twist and it really packs a punch.”

You can pre-order the beer now and they will be dispatched from November 18th. 

Seven Brothers are also creating free packed lunches with their sister company Four Sisters as part of the End Child Poverty campaign.

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