Shepherd Neame plans to reopen “at least two thirds” of its estate by the end of next month.

Following the 4 July reopening confirmation, the pubco has said it will open 40 managed and at least 150 of its tenanted sites as soon as possible, with pubs including the Bell Hotel, Botany Bay and Britannia set to open their doors.

In line with the government guidance, the group has put together its own guidelines for reopening, which includes table service-only and pre-bookings for both drinks and food.

Other measures include infrared thermometers to allow for temperature checks of staff, till screens installed across its managed estate, perspex screens between seating in some sites, single entrance and exit points and single-use paper menus.

“Our mission is clear,” said chief executive Jonathan Neame. “To protect our team members and reassure customers they are safe in our pubs, while still ensuring they enjoy an authentic and engaging experience in our distinctive and individual pub environments.”

“In light of the social distancing guidance, reopening our estate while ensuring your visit is safe and enjoyable poses many challenges, but please let me assure you that we are doing everything in our power to find creative, practical solutions.”

“We need you to stay safe to stay open.”