Three months after they were temporarily ordered to close, pubs will finally be able to reopen their doors tomorrow.
Punters will be able to meet up with one other household at their local to enjoy a pint and some food.
But outrage followed after the government confirmed what time pubs will be allowed to get punter through the door from.
There will be strict social distancing rules in place to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading between groups.
While live sport can be shown, it will have to be at a low volume to ensure fans don’t get over excited and shout.
And any communal activities – such as pool – are likely to be off the cards for now.
What time do pubs reopen tomorrow?
Pubs can reopen from 6am tomorrow.
While most lockdown restrictions will be lifted at 12am, the government decided to set 6am for the pubs as “a sensible precaution just to stress that pubs shouldn’t open at midnight.”
A spokesperson for Boris Johnson said: “The reopen date should be in the daytime on July 4th.”
Pubs will be able to begin serving alcohol just as soon as their licence agreement allows.
Seems a bit early…
Well almost as soon as it was announced, waves of anger erupted about the timing.
Especially as police chiefs and medics had already warned about disorder caused by people flooding to the pub.
Good Morning Britain Host Piers Morgan said: “Reopening Britain’s pubs on a sunny Saturday in July was dumb enough.
“Letting them open from 6am is stupefyingly stupid. Does anyone at No10 have a brain? Or do they just want us all to die? Serious questions.”
Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “The PM urges people to act responsibly tomorrow as the pubs open for the first time in over three months, then No10 says they will be open from 6am?”
The West Midlands’ Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, warned of “potential chaos” this weekend as bars reopen on a Saturday.
Mr Jamieson said: “I am in favour of the gradual lifting of the lockdown, based on the science, but not in the way the Government have proceeded.
“It would have been sensible for the Government to schedule the first day of pub openings for midweek or the Monday afterwards, rather than a Saturday.
“That would have allowed venues to take a more sensible approach. That is not just my view but is shared by many police and crime commissioners across the country who raised this issue with the Policing Minister recently.”
So will any reopen at that time?
Probably, but only a few pubs will be ready to open bang on the dot at 6pm.
Wetherspoons will reopen 750 pubs at 8am, with screens and floor markings to encourage customers to keep their distance.
Greene King pubs will not be reopening tomorrow, and will instead need a little more time to prepare their staff and premises for a safe start.
Many venues will be requiring customers to pre-book a table, to ensure that they don’t get overcrowded.
Some pubs will only be offering table service, to avoid people congregating at the bar, and there may be limits on how long you can stay.
People who visit pubs will also be required to leave their contact details, to make contact tracing easier in the event of an outbreak.
These will be kept on file for 21 days, and then destroyed.