A Belfast bar has been poking fun at Stormont coronavirus rules in a video that has gone viral.
The team at Town Square on Botanic Avenue have been keeping us laughing in recent months with videos showing the ‘reality’ of some regulations for hospitality businesses.
Recent sketch videos include a staff member checking coronavirus certifications at a passport control desk dressed as a pilot, and a table on wheels when regulations said you could order at the bar but had to remain seated while drinking indoors.
Now, they’re poking fun at guidance that you can drink while standing – but have to wear a mask unless you’re sitting down.
Their most recent video shows Development Manager, Thomas, pouring a pint over himself to represent the confusion that may surround such rules.
A spokesperson for Town Square said: “We’re not afraid to be cheeky, push the boundaries and we don’t take ourselves too seriously – that seems to resonate with our customers. The more recent series of videos have been in response to the confusing messaging surrounding the Covid-19 restrictions on hospitality.
“For example, the video with our Development Manager, Thomas pouring a pint over himself literally took us 30 seconds to come up with after reading two conflicting regulations on the same government document. One said ‘you have to wear a face mask unless seated at a table’ and the other said ‘you can stand to eat and drink’. So naturally we try to drink a pint through a face mask while standing up. Easy win.
“The response to the videos has been interesting to say the least. Most people (mainly on Instagram) love them. We get customers coming in all the time after seeing the videos.
“Then you have Tiktok – a few of the videos went viral (over 4 million views) but of course that comes with all the haters – what’s that all about?! No matter what we seem to post on there; about 90% of the comments are from trolls. Seems to be a thing.”
The latest regulations for hospitality venues state that face coverings should be worn in indoor hospitality venues unless seated at a table.
Masks must be worn when leaving the table for any reason, for example, when accessing toilet facilities or when leaving the premises.
However, the regulations also state that since October 31, people have been able to move around hospitality premises and indoor venues, which includes being able to stand to have a drink and eat food.
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