A POPULAR town centre pub in Bracknell is gearing up to reopen with a few changes after lockdown.

The Old Manor in Grenville Place, owned by Wetherspoon, is among those pubs hoping to reopen as soon as possible after government approval.

To prepare itself beforehand it has put a number of social-distancing measures in place at the long-standing Bracknell pub.

Customers can expect to now see screens around its tills and screens around the seating areas where it is not possible to separate tables the 2m requirement.

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Wetherspoons has also said that its pubs will be providing gloves, masks, and protective eyewear - and employees can elect whether to wear them or not (subject to government guidelines).

The Bracknell team will also make sure there are a number of hand sanitisers now situated around the pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff.

Every employee will need to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work. This will include having their temperature taken using a digital thermometer.

This is just a number of measures put in place to allow the pub to reopen to local residents safely.

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It will be open usual hours, with a reduced menu. Customers will be asked to use the Wetherspoon order and pay app, wherever possible, or pay at the bar using a credit/debit card and contactless, although cash will be accepted.

Jason Gunyon, manager at The Old Manor, said: “At present the government have not confirmed any reopening date for pubs.

“However, it is important that we are prepared for any announcement.

“We have spent a number of weeks consulting with staff who work in our pubs, as well as area managers in order to draw up our plans.

“The safety of staff and customers is paramount.”