by Freddie Sayers
Thursday, 25
June 2020

Name, please! Pub landlords face confusion over new rules

by Freddie Sayers

Buried in the 34-page Government rulebook for pubs and restaurants reopening on 4th July is a requirement to collect contact details for everyone present. This is quite significant as, in the event of an outbreak, government contact tracers will have to be in touch with everyone present.

But talking today to Peter Borg-Neal, founder and CEO of a 28-strong pub group in the home counties, it quickly became clear that, with only a week to go, there are more questions than answers on this point.

There’s no government system or app, no guidance as to how to verify identities (as Mr Borg-Neal told me, if someone gives Mickey Mouse, Florida, as their details he’ll have to accept it), and no-one seems to have thought about the Data Protection aspects. Technically speaking, if you gather people’s contact details you have to be GDPR compliant which is a horribly onerous undertaking — will pubs be immune? Will that breach EU law? Are pubs even legally allowed to pass that information to the Government if asked? Neither Mr Borg-Neal nor I were sure.

As for the rest of the regulations — no loud music, no singing, no dancing, no napkins on tables prior to food, and so on — he was confident that for his rural pubs that wouldn’t be a problem but suggested that nightclubs and inner city pubs of the kind that London is famous for face a very bleak future unless regulations are lifted further and more financial help is offered.

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  • July 14, 2020
    We waited and waited and booked a table at our local for latch lifting time.. But the nanny attutude imposed by regulations made the visit sterile. And for what extra protection being offered when people are crowding together on beaches and BLM demonstrations and supermarkets mingle thousands... Read more

  • June 28, 2020
    I will definitely be going to a pub, perhaps several, when they open up. My purpose will be to try and help keep as many as I can from closing down for good. I know this will be a burden but I will try my level best. As regards GDPR, i think consent is the key: a simple paper form ideally with the... Read more

  • June 25, 2020
    It's not a pub! It's a government tracing station with refreshments....... Two choices : A. Buy drinks at 2 to 3 times supermarket prices to be isolated from everyone else and have the government track and trace me..... OR B. Go home, music, no plastic bubbles. These pubs will have the atmosphere... Read more

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