A better Medway

Pubs and bars re-opening

Many pubs across Medway will be re-opening from Saturday 4 July but enjoying a trip to your favourite venue will have some new restrictions in place.

These are to ensure pubs and bars can safely open under the current government guidelines, for your benefit as well as staff.

If you’re planning on visiting your favourite venue, remember:

  • to check their website or social media pages to see what their plans are for opening (do not assume they will open from Saturday 4 July)
  • that you will likely need to book a table before you can enter
  • when you arrive, pub staff will record your contact details (in the event of a coronavirus outbreak where the Test and Trace programme will come into effect)
  • you will not be able to order at the bar: Ordering a drink will need to be done using an app or through table service provided by the pub
  • you must social distance from other visitors. Tables will be spread out to help with this


The guidelines for alcohol are to not exceed 14 units per week and to spread your drinking over 3 or more days if you regularly drink 14 units a week. There is no safe level of alcohol consumption, but you will significantly reduce the risks of it affecting your health by sticking to the recommended units (approximately six 175ml glasses of wine or 6 pints or 4% beer).

Regularly exceeding this increases your chances of suffering from over 60 health problems, including:

  • breast cancer
  • hyper tension
  • liver disease
  • stroke

Tackling dependency 

There’s help and support available to help manage your drinking levels. Free services are available across Medway and you can even access support online. Medway Active Recovery Service (MARS), which is run by Turning Point, can help with online support packages.

If you or a friend would like to access MARS, you can self-refer online. You can also call Turning Point on 0300 123 1560 or email info@turning-point.co.uk.