Posted on 26th March, 2021

How To Catch Up With Friends Safely This Summer

Spring and Summer are seasons that are typically filled with days out to the beach, weekends at festivals and getaways with our nearest and dearest. For the past 12 months, the Coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to stay inside, keep away from our loved ones and change the way we live our lives. The government has set out its roadmap for coming out of our third lockdown, and the vaccine rollout success is giving us a glimmer of hope for the future. As things ease and we welcome back our freedom, many of us are wondering how we can stay safe while catching up with our friends? And when are we allowed to return to restaurants, beer gardens and hotels?

Safe Socialising Outdoors

Getting together with friends and family is much safer when in an outdoor setting. There is more ventilation and air movement, lowering the risk of infections spreading between people. From Monday (29th March), groups of up to 6, or two households, are permitted to meet outside in private gardens. This means you can fire up the BBQ, or enjoy a picnic outside with 5 of your closest mates. It is important to still continue practising social distancing even when outside and you might consider asking guests to bring their own food and drinks to avoid mixing.

On the 12th April, restaurants, pubs and bars will be reopening their outside spaces once again. You can dine out or go for drinks with up to 6 people, in a completely COVID-safe environment. The added benefit of socialising at a restaurant or pub is that they will have strict health and safety procedures in place, which simply can’t be replicated in your own home. At The Bull, our beautiful gardens will be opening for outdoor dining from 12th April. We will be serving food, drinks and Afternoon Tea for tables of up to 6, and we will even have a marquee for those inevitable rainy days. All our staff have been trained to follow our new Stay Safe at Sarova procedures, and you can relax knowing you’re being well looked after at The Bull.

Tips For Socialising Safely

Being able to make plans and reignite your social life is exciting, and we are all looking forward to seeing our loved ones again. As we ditch the Zoom quizzes and FaceTime catch-ups, there are a few tips you can keep in mind to stay safe while socialising:

  • Practice Proper Hygiene: We’ve heard this time and time again over the last year, but it’s so important that we are saying it yet again. Washing your hands thoroughly and regularly is one of the most effective ways of preventing and spreading Coronavirus. If soap and water isn’t available, then use hand sanitiser regularly to keep the germs at bay. At The Bull, we have set up hand sanitising stations all around our public areas.
  • Wear A Mask: Wearing a mask has become second nature to us now, and even as we begin to emerge from lockdown we need to keep this habit up. When socialising with your friends, wear a mask until you are a socially distanced at a table. Putting your mask on when moving around restaurants and public spaces not only protects yourself, but everyone around you.
  • Stay Home If You Feel Unwell: Just because you don’t have Coronavirus symptoms and need to self-isolate, doesn’t mean you should go out if you feel unwell. Any cold or flu is problematic to some people, and while heading out with the sniffles might have been the norm in 2019, times have changed dramatically.

The Bull’s Reopening Roadmap

We can’t wait to open our terrace to our lovely guests on 12th April. Our team are currently busy getting everything ready to welcome you back to The Bull once again. We’re setting up a marquee in the gardens, so that we can stay open safely even when the weather is poor. We’ve also just introduced our brand new online booking system, which allows you to book your socially distanced table in advance. This helps us plan our space and keep everyone safe during their visit, and also means you are guaranteed a table without having to wait.

Looking ahead to the future, we are planning on opening Beeches Restaurant and The Conservatory Lounge at The Bull from 17th May. Our hotel facilities will also reopen on this date, and we are preparing to welcome many families heading to Buckinghamshire for their staycations. All of these plans are subject to government guidelines, and while we hope they won’t have to change, we are aware that it is always a possibility. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is always our top priority, so you can be sure that we are doing everything we can to welcome everyone back to The Bull safely.

To book a table on our terrace from 12th April, click here.

For more information on our reopening plans, click here.

For more information on StaySafe at Sarova, click here.

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