This is what Bromsgrove's Wetherspoons pub, the Golden Cross, will look like when drinking establishments are allowed to reopen this weekend.

The Advertiser has been granted exclusive access to the new-look High Street venue, which will once again open its doors to customers on Saturday (July 4).

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The pub experience will be much different post-lockdown compared to what it was before the coronavirus pandemic forced inns to close in March.

On the plus side, Wetherspoon pubs will employ two full-time staff who will regularly clean surfaces and touch points throughout the pubs.

The Golden Cross Hotel will have screens at the till point.

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There will also be screens to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate the tables to the social distancing requirement.

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Wetherspoon will provide gloves, masks and protective eyewear.

Employees can elect whether to wear them or not, subject to government guidelines.

There will be an average ten hand sanitiser dispensers around the pub, including at the entrance for customers and staff to use.

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.

Dedicated staff will monitor the pub at all times in order to maintain social distancing standards and there will be a member of staff on the door at peak times.

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The pub will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible.

Customer entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers and/or barriers and there will be clear printed information providing guidance to customers as they enter the pub.

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The pub will have a member of staff working full time (two staff per pub to cover all opening hours) to sanitise all the contact points during opening hours.

These will include door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and hand rails.

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.

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Staff will hand over all drinks holding the base of the glass and when ordered by the app they will be delivered to the table on a tray and placed on the table using the base of the glass.

Food will be delivered to the table by a member of floor staff.

The pub will also offer a slightly reduced menu and will provide sachets (ketchup, mayonnaise, salt pepper etc), rather than their usual condiment bottles.

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All staff will receive a full briefing and training on the new way of running the pub.

It is not only the interior layout that will be affected - the smoking area will also be limited to six people due to social distancing measures.

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Cassie Harwood, manager at The Golden Cross Hotel, said: “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.”