The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued guidance for pubs to help ensure that any FIFA World Cup events they run this summer go smoothly.
The guidance is intended as a template for pubs and local authorities to work together in ensuring the world’s biggest football competition, which starts on 11 June in South Africa, is a profitable and stress free event for publicans.
Martin Rawlings, director of pubs at the BBPA, said: “This guidance is a helpful checklist to run through just to ensure all angles are covered.
"We have shared its content with LACORS and intend it to be recognised as good practice by pubs, police and local authority enforcement officers.”
World Cup advice includes:
- Ensure sufficient staff numbers are in place to cope with the anticipated number of customers
- Make sure the event is discussed with all staff and that any local police concerns are addressed and staff are aware
- Review access to premises and consider restricting the number of entrances
- Consider use of tickets to control admission and prevent overcrowding
- Consider food and soft drinks offers if you feel it appropriate, and remember that you are now legally obliged to offer free tap water.
The advice in full can be found at World Cup Guidance for Licensees.
For ideas and advice on making the most of the World Cup see our Special feature.