Drinking in a Wetherspoon pub is going to be different once they have got the go-ahead to open – as staff wearing goggles and masks pull pints for customers.

The group, which has two pubs in Weymouth, one in Dorchester and one in Bridport, has drawn up plans to ensure that its staff and customers are safe before pints start to be poured again.

It has been indicated that pubs in England could reopen in early July.

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, tables at Wetherspoon pubs will be separated and screens put in between them where this is not possible. Two staff will be employed just to clean surfaces, door handles and touch points, and to check drinkers are following social distancing guidelines.

There will be hand sanitisers dispensers around the pubs and customers will enter and exit the pub through separate doors.

Gloves, masks and protective eyewear will be provided for staff – although the company says employees "can elect whether to wear them or not, subject to government guidelines".

Every employee will need to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work. This will include having their temperature taken using a digital thermometer.

Customers will be asked to use the Wetherspoon order and pay app, wherever possible, or 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 when ordered by the app they will be delivered to the table on a tray and placed on the table using the base of the glass.

Food will be delivered to the table by a member of floor staff.

The pubs will also offer a slightly reduced menu and will provide sachets rather than their usual condiment bottles.

They will be open at their usual hours.

Kim Newstead, manager at The Swan in Weymouth, 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.”