Summer loving - How hospitality should be preparing for June 21
With the date of June 21 already firmly marked in millions of calendars across the country, the hospitality sector can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
The long, dark night is almost over and our restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafes finally have a light at the end of the tunnel to reach for.
But how are they going to spend these next few months preparing for the summer rush? And let’s face it, there’s going to be one hell of a rush!
So, in the spirit of hope and looking forward to the better months ahead this summer, let’s examine a few ways hospitality venues of all shapes and sizes can upgrade their facilities to take advantage of what’s bound to be an incredible summer.
Get live performance ready
One of the joys people have missed more than any other in the last year has been live music. The thrill of seeing somebody spill their guts out with an acoustic guitar at a cafe or watch a full band put on a rollicking rock and roll show at your local pub is a giddy thrill we’ve all missed.
This summer, there’s going to be a huge appetite for live music, so venues should be doing all they can to take advantage of that.
Commercial PA sound systems have never been more flexible and affordable, with systems suitable for any size venue.
To get the optimum acoustic results for your space, you may wish to allow time to ensure that the levels and EQ are perfectly matched. So acting sooner rather than later is something we would recommend if you’re interested in getting your venue gig-ready.
Did you know? Spectra are the sole distributor of BOSE professional systems in the UK, so we’re happy to help match you with the right system.
Upgrade your audio
Live performance might be a little much for smaller establishments but that doesn’t mean you can’t update your existing audio system.
One area that many venues have been experimenting with is the concept of allowing customers to choose the music in the pub or restaurant via a smartphone app. This kind of digital jukebox approach can be a nifty gimmick and could draw more people in.
Prepare for socially distanced diners
While June 21 is being earmarked as the date when things can finally start “getting back to normal” there are still bound to be those among us who are still wary of social contact.
That means all hospitality businesses should be prepared to accommodate diners and drinkers that would prefer to remain socially distanced.
Not only does this mean arranging the seating in the venue accordingly but it also means investing in more robust digital displays.
These displays can be used to list menu items and information or if you want to really future-proof your business, they could even be used to take and process orders with no need for a traditional waiter.
Don’t forget to wash your hands!
We’re probably all sick of hearing the “hands, face, space” slogan by now but people are still going to be concerned about keeping themselves safe and sanitised.
That’s why the final thing you might want to consider before you reopen this summer is to invest in some freestanding sanitiser stations to keep employees and customers can and COVID-free. It’s an inexpensive way of showing you are going the extra mile. While the world might be getting back to normal, COVID is not going anywhere anytime soon.
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