The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and global tech company SafetyCulture have partnered to create a new app to support pubs in reopening safely this summer.
BBPA and SafetyCulture have worked together to digitise a list of pub protocols that will help employees to carry out the essential risk assessments needed to reopen from 4 July, as per Government’s recent announcement.
The protocols reflect all of the official Government guidelines announced earlier this week and have been compiled in one place, in a user-friendly app called iAuditor.
The app equips venues with simple checklists for carrying out risk assessments, to help operators ensure they are taking the necessary precautions for the safety of their staff and customers as they prepare to reopen, ensuring valuable time can be spent where it’s most needed – getting their business back up and running.
To support the sector, the app will not only be available to BBPA’s 20,000 members but will also be free-of-charge for any pub in the UK.
BBPA and SafetyCulture say completing the risk assessment using iAuditor will be essential for businesses to obtain ‘We’re Good to Go’ status – the new UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark for tourism, launched by Visit Britain today.
Measures that businesses can assess with the app range from considering cashless payments and social distancing restrictions within the premises to revising cleaning regimes for kitchens.
Dan Joyce, general manager EMEA of SafetyCulture, said: “Pub culture is at the heart of British life and people can’t wait to see them back open for business, but there are also major and warranted concerns among customers, staff and owners.
“We need to support the 3.2 million people working in the UK hospitality industry to get reopening right. The alternative could reverse the work we have done to stem the flow on Covid-19 and will be hugely damaging to the pub industry in the long-term.
“Reopening safely from 4 July is possible but challenging. The guidelines outlined by Government mean there is a lot of work for pubs to do before they can actually open their doors to customers.
“The BBPA has stepped up to ensure pubs can digest the Government advice quickly, and the iAuditor app will make the required risk assessments simple to complete.”
Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, added: “The vast majority of pubs in the UK are small, independent businesses that are in need of extra support as they begin preparations for reopening.
“Our partnership with SafetyCulture will enable pubs to access the tools they need to undertake a thorough risk assessment efficiently and effectively.
“It is vital pubs demonstrate that they have adapted the physical environment and staff processes to enable safe socialising this summer.
“The risk assessment is the first link in that safety chain and SafetyCulture are world-leading experts in enabling these assessments.”