Coronavirus UK: South Wales pub rents table ‘desks’ to homeworkers

Staff tired of working from the confines of their home will be able to switch location after one pub offered workers the chance to rent a ‘pub desk’ at their venue.

The Famers Arms in Goldcliffe, near Newport, South Wales, is offering workers the chance to book a three-hour time slot and work from its pub for the price of £10. 

The slot, which includes a pub table to work on, Wifi, a power socket, unlimited tea or coffee and a sandwich, will also give workers the chance to have a socially distanced conversation with other pub-goers. 

The pub’s co-owner Craig Leith said: ‘It makes sense. People are stuck at home day-in day-out in the same routine and their mental health is suffering.

The Famers Arms in Goldcliffe, near Newport, South Wales, is offering staff working from home the chance to rent a table at their pub 

The three-hour slot, which is being priced a t £10, includes a pub table to work on, Wifi, a power socket, unlimited tea or coffee and a sandwich. Pictured: Tables socially distanced at The Famers Arms

The three-hour slot, which is being priced a t £10, includes a pub table to work on, Wifi, a power socket, unlimited tea or coffee and a sandwich. Pictured: Tables socially distanced at The Famers Arms 

Alongside the 'pub desk', staff will also be able to have a socially distanced conversation with other pub-goers

Alongside the ‘pub desk’, staff will also be able to have a socially distanced conversation with other pub-goers

‘We’ve had a huge response to this, with bookings coming in thick and fast.’ 

The move, which will allow workers to rent a table from Tuesday to Friday, comes after the pub set about generating a range of ideas that could help it boost money for the business amid the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Leith added. ‘We are in survival mode and have to adapt to every situation.

‘Like we are doing afternoon tea and Sunday lunch takeaways, so offering a pub desk service made sense to us.

‘Customers can network with other customers while going about their working day.

‘We have log fires and great surroundings with our bar overlooking the countryside of Goldcliff.’

Customers looking to rent a table will have to wear face masks on arrival to the pub and there is table service only.

After sharing their proposal online, social media users commended the pub for the innovative idea. 

One pub-goer wrote: ‘That’s a really good idea. Good luck with this.’

While another person added: ‘I’m on the other side of the country sadly but just wanted to comment and let you know this is a fantastic idea and I wish you loads of success with it!’

The pub in Wales told customers they would be able to rent the table from Tuesday-Friday

The pub in Wales told customers they would be able to rent the table from Tuesday-Friday

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Social media users commended the pub for the move and some suggested they would book a slot

Social media users commended the pub for the move and some suggested they would book a slot

Another user commented: ‘Good idea, going to try this.’ 

In August, a survey of 2,000 workers conducted by the technology giant Huawei, revealed around one in ten office-based staff were working from a beach or pub.

The survey, which provided a fresh insight into how the world of work will be changing amid the pandemic, also found three out of five respondents said they preferred to work remotely for at least three days a week.

Many of those working from home said they were setting up their workstation in difference rooms, or in the garden or local park.

The pub’s move comes after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed a 10pm curfew on all pubs, bars and restaurants in England last month in an attempt to clampdown on the coronavirus. 

The curfew sparked an immediate industry backlash and UKHospitality group said it was ‘another crushing blow’ for the sector. 

Tory MPs also expressed concerns about the curfew plans, describing them as a ‘terrible blow’ for the hospitality industry and warning there must not be another ‘major lockdown’. 

However Mr Johnson hit out at his critics in his emotional plea to the nation and said: ‘To those who say we don’t need this stuff, and we should leave people to take their own risks, I say these risks are not our own.

‘The tragic reality of having Covid is that your mild cough can be someone else’s death knell.

‘And as for the suggestion that we should simply lock up the elderly and the vulnerable – with all the suffering that would entail – I must tell you that this is just not realistic.’ 

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