Food and drink re-opening from 4 July

Restaurants, pubs and bars start to reopen in Reading

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Following the latest government guidance, Reading’s restaurants, pubs and bars will gradually begin to reopen from Saturday 4 July. Although some venues are planning to reopen this weekend, many will remain closed for the time being, so it’s important to make sure you check in advance if you are planning to head into the town centre.

Venues which are reopening on Saturday plan to have door staff working from early in the evening and pubs will be asking those without a booking to return later to minimise queuing. Venues will also have additional safety measures in place to comply with Covid-19 guidance, and there will be an increased police presence in the town centre to support our businesses, as well as security wardens and street pastors in the evening to provide help and support to those who need it.

If you are planning to go into Reading, please continue to follow the social distancing and safety measures in place throughout the town. We also ask you to support our bars, pubs and restaurants to reopen safely, by being courteous and respecting each venue’s new measures.

Advice for those considering visiting a pub this weekend includes:

  • Pre-book your table in advance – not all venues will be open and those that are will be operating on a limited capacity
  • Venues may be open on limited hours and may close earlier than normal
  • All venues will be table service only, though ordering will vary between waiter service, apps or ordering at the bar
  • All guests must have valid ID and be prepared to share their contact details-track and trace
  • Guest must adhere to the social distancing measures in place
  • Many venues will prefer contactless payments
  • No large groups above 6 people will be permitted, and only two households can sit at a table inside a venue (the 6 can be made up of more households if sat outside)

As capacity will be significantly reduced across Reading, it is recommended you book in advance and check what’s open before you travel into town. We’ve created a handy directory so you can keep up to date with what’s open.


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