Thirsty punters hit the town for first Friday night of indoor bars reopening after months of drinking outside

Thirsty punters hit the town for first Friday night of indoor bars reopening after months of drinking outside

May 22, 2021

THIRSTY Brits hit the pubs hard for the first Friday night of indoor drinking after months of being left out in the cold.

Town and cities across the UK were packed for the start of the weekend – with many braving downpours to sink their favourite tipples under cover.

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In Newcastle, hardy revellers dressed to the nines as they dashed to be among the first at the bar.

Meanwhile in Soho, central London, pub-goers sat outside the capital's numerous bars and restaurants despite the downpours.

The pubs and diners of Leeds, Birmingham and Cardiff were also bustling by 9pm.

Excited punters were seen out and about on the streets after making the most of their newfound freedoms.

Landlords are hoping for a busy weekend after being hit hard by months of Covid lockdowns.

Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “The enthusiasm for the return to pubs means demand is higher.

"But there is still plenty of beer to go round for everyone. Visit your local and enjoy a fresh pint.”

But Boris Johnson has urged Brits to enjoy their new freedoms with a "heavy dose of caution".

Delighted punters were pictured heading the pubs this evening minutes after clocking off at work.

Step Three in Boris’s roadmap is the biggest unlocking so far – with hugs, holidays and casual sex back on the cards. 

And those happy to brave the rain can meet in groups of up to thirty in a pub garden. 

Customers will still need to order, eat and drink while seated – with propping up the bar off the table for the time being.

When not seated – for example, while being taken to a table or heading to the toilet – punters must ensure they're wearing face coverings.

Despite larger numbers allowed to meet outside, social distancing between different groups will be encouraged.

It is the first weekend since November that all Brits can once again mix inside.

When Britain came out of its second lockdown, almost all areas of the country were plunged into Tier 2 and 3 – with meeting indoors banned.

Those in Tier 2 could only meet households inside pubs – with booze only served with a substantial meal – while Tier 3 saw all boozers closed.

Only a handful of Brits in Tier 1 – in Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Scilly Isles – could meet inside pubs and restaurants.

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