Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen their beer gardens from Monday as the Government brings in its next stage of easing the lockdown.

It has already been announced that all punters will have to give their details for contact tracing, instead of just one member of the group, and groups will be limited to six people or two households.

Face masks will have to be worn when visitors are passing through indoor areas, such as going to the toilet and customers must stay at the their tables to order and eat or drink.

Pubs will no longer have to shut at 10, nor will you need to order a meal with your drink
Pubs will no longer have to shut at 10, nor will you need to order a meal with your drink

However some customers may be forced to be even stricter and wear face coverings while outside too.

The current Government guidelines only state that face masks have to be worn indoors but some councils across England are taking this one step further, says the Telegraph.

A notice from Ribble Valley Borough Council, Lancashire, told pubs that “face coverings must be worn by customers, except when seated to eat or drink”.

Some people may have to wear a face covering outside as well as inside
Some people may have to wear a face covering outside as well as inside

Another pub in Rochdale said it had been given similar instructions.

In these area, councils have set up enforcement teams to patrol the pubs to make sure the rules are being followed, leading to landlords becoming scared of facing fines.

UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nichols said: ‘We need local enforcement bodies to be working to support businesses to reopen rather than to be putting barriers in the way or creating confusion.’

Brits are expected to spend over £300 million when pubs and restaurants open
Brits are expected to spend over £300 million when pubs and restaurants open

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CEO of the British Beer and Pub Association Emma McClarkin added: ‘We’re aware of inconsistencies among councils and local authorities and we would ask to come to this in the spirit of trying to assist pubs opening safely rather than trying to look for errors or reasons to stymie their reopening.’

Brits are anticipated to spend more than £300 million when the pubs and restaurants open next week, offering a huge boost to the economy.

The hospitality industry has been shut up since the emergence of the third lockdown on January 4, and even longer for those areas in tier 4 meaning a drink won’t come too soon for many.