Brits brave freezing subzero temperatures to enjoy pints at midnight as lockdown eases
Thirsty Brits were seen queuing up for their first poured pints in the biting cold as lockdown eased from midnight today.
As part of the second step in Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown pubs are able to serve punters outdoors from Monday.
About 40 per cent of the nation’s boozers are due to start serving customers again for the first time this year.
Across England pubs and bars are keeping the taps running until the early hours to provide a cool glass of post-lockdown freedom.
And drinkers were pictured getting their beverages in as soon as possible after many watering holes opened their doors at the stroke of midnight.
Lines of people were seen outside one pub in Coventry, The Oak Inn, shortly before midnight.
In the first week of being allowed back into beer gardens, Brits are expected to guzzle 15 million pints, while half the adult population are planning to dash to a pub or restaurant when the rules are lifted.
As well as independent locals, big chains are rushing to get their gardens and terraces ready for the grand reopening.
Some boozers, like the Kentish Belle in Bexley, London, will be serving pints from 12.01am on Monday morning, with last orders called three hours later.
Marston’s is opening 696 beer gardens, Wetherspoons 396, Young’s 140 and Greene King 442.
As of Monday only outdoor areas such as patios and beer gardens are able to open while indoor spaces are shut until at least May 17.
Every customer aged 16 and over will have to check in to NHS test and trace before entering a venue, or give their contact details to staff.
Only groups of up to six people can meet at the pub and there will be no strict 10pm curfew enforced.
Social distancing will also need to be maintained, so punters can expect one-way systems and staggered queues before visiting toilets or getting to your table.
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