JD Wetherspoons have announced that they are preparing to reopen pubs across East Lancashire once the government go-ahead is given.

The popular chain has pledged to provide protective equipment, hand sanitiser and screens at till point as well as to enforce social distancing regulations.

The company has four pubs in the area; The Commercial Hotel in Church Street, Accrington, The Postal Order in Darwen Street, Blackburn and The Old Chapel in Railway Road, Darwen and The Boot Inn in St James’ Street, Burnley.

Manager at The Postal Order Andrew Ibbotson 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.”

Several other measures will also be introduced to comply with health and safety regulations once the lockdown has been at least partially lifted.

Employee will need to complete daily health assessment questionnaires and will need to monitor each pub to ensure social distancing is being upheld.

The pubs will use one entrance with a separate exit door where possible and customer entry and exit will be marked out by floor stickers.

Each pub will have a member of staff working full time to sanitise all the contact points including door handles, allergen information screens, card payment machines and handrails.

Customers will be encouraged to pay at the bar using a credit/debit card and contactless, although cash will be accepted.

Staff will hand over all drinks holding the base of the glass and food will be delivered to the table by a member of floor staff, with a slightly reduced menu on offer.

As yet the government has not announced when pubs are likely to open their doors again, however JD Wetherspoons will be one of many companies and landlords across the country hoping for an easing of lockdown regualtions soon.