When do beer gardens open again?

When do beer gardens open again?

BRITS will be able to enjoy a beer in a pub garden from tomorrow as England continues to ease out of lockdown.

Boris Johnson revealed his roadmap for unlocking the country from the coronavirus shutdown back in February.

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The first part of the four-step plan was put into action on March 8, seeing kids return to classrooms.

On March 29, the “Rule of Six” returned to parks and private gardens — allowing six people from up to six different households to mix outdoors.

Now from Monday,pubs and restaurants can FINALLY reopen – but with outdoor service only.

Here, we take you through everything we know so far.


When will beer gardens reopen?

Outdoor drinking in pub beer gardens in England will resume from April 12.

In Scotland, pubs are set to reopen from April 26, along with people in Wales being allowed back in boozers on the same date.

Like before, pubs and restaurants will have to offer table service and face masks must be worn by staff and customers when not sat at a table.

Pubs will also be allowed to offer takeaway pints, something which was banned during lockdown.

The Rule of Six is being brought back, which means six people from up to six households will be able to sit together outdoors.

You can check reopening plans for pubs – and restaurants – in our round-up here.

Brits rushed to book tables after Mr Johnson unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown.

Establishments started accepting bookings for the provisional dates early on and punters snapped them up.

But it was with bated breath, as Mr Johnson insisted that the timeline for businesses to reopen relied heavily on the "four steps to freedom" – which is still going smoothly.

The steps include the vaccine roll out continuing as planned and evidence that the jabs are effective at reducing hospitalisations and deaths.

Infection rates must not overwhelm the NHS and as long as new variants are not a threat, then unlocking the country can continue to go ahead as planned.

However, pub bosses have blasted an outdoor-only drinking plan and demanded the return of inside drinking.

Industry leaders have backed demands for lockdown restrictions to be fully lifted by the end of April, when most over-50s are expected to have been vaccinated. 

Patrick Dardis, chief executive of the Young’s pubs chain, said that spring rain would make the outdoors-only idea unworkable and slammed it as "nonsense".

Meanwhile, Tim Martin, chairman of pubs giant JD Wetherspoon, said the decision had been made by “ministers with no experience of business, or empathy for business”.

When will pubs open for indoor drinking?

Assuming everything has gone to plan, pubs will be able to welcome punters inside for the first time in months from May 17.

It will be a relief for boozers and drinkers who've not been able to sip on a pub pint since England was plunged into a third national lockdown on January 4.

In areas that were placed into Tier 4 shortly after the second lockdown, the hospitality industry has been closed for even longer.

From mid-May, customers will be able to sit inside but pubs must continue to offer table service.

When sitting inside a pub, the rule of six, or two households mixing, will also apply. Groups of up to 30 will also be allowed outdoors.

You'll also be able to enjoy a cheaper pint when pubs reopen.

The Chancellor froze tax on alcohol for the second year in a row in his Budget on March 3 in a bid to boost pub sales for struggling boozers.

Alcohol prices usually rise each year in the Budget in line with RPI inflation, which was 0.7% in January, unless the government freezes or cuts it.

What will the rules be when pubs reopen?

On top of the rules outlined above, the Government says businesses need to be Covid-secure before reopening.

This includes social distancing, staff and customers wearing a face mask when they're not at their table and reducing the number of people inside at one time.

The hated 10pm curfew will not return though and punters won't have to buy a scotch egg to be able to order a drink.

What will pubs look like when they reopen?

Pubs must follow the government's Covid-secure rules to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Businesses are advised to put up perspex "sneeze screens" between tables so customers can socially distance, although this isn't a requirement.

In larger pubs, the tables will need to be rearranged so that they sit at least a metre away from the next one.

In places where you can order food, diners should be handed a paper menu that will be binned after it's been used.

Napkins and cutlery should only be brought out to customers along with their grub to cut the risk of transmission.

Self-service buffets will be banned and waiters will have to wash their hands between serving different tables.

Contactless payments are still being encouraged too, to minimise the risks brought when handling cash.

Customers aged 16 and over must provide contact details to staff or check-in via NHS Test and Trace upon arrival to help provide a trail of potential coronavirus outbreaks.

Like other non-essential retailers, pubs will have to increase their cleaning regime.

Last year, Wetherspoons revealed early on what its pubs looked like with Covid secure measures.

Pubs were kitted out with screen, posters and floor markings to help demonstrate how Wetherspoons will reopen branches.

The Sun was also given a sneak peek inside a Greene King branch, Fort St George in Cambridge, to find out what it will be like.

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