Pub rules you’ll need to follow when lockdown eases in England today

Pubs in England will be allowed to open their doors once again after months of being shut up.

As part of the next step in the Government’s easing of lockdown 40 per cent of the nation’s pubs will be able to serve customers once again.

However, there will still be plenty of rules to stay safe, including social distancing and face coverings in parts of the pubs.

Here at the Daily Star we have all the answers to your questions about the rules.

When will pubs be open?

The pubs will be open for the most eager visitors at 12.01am on Monday April12.

Check your local opening hours before showing up though, as many are sure to keep to altered or restricted hours.

But thanks to the excitement and desperation for socialising, you will have to book a table in advance in order to get in anywhere.

The good news is that the 10pm curfew that was a staple of the previous year will be ditched when venues reopen.

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Which parts of the pub will be open?

Pubs and restaurants may only open if they offer outdoor service and strict stable service only.

However that means that only venues with beer gardens or access to outside space will be able to reopen their pubs and restaurants, meaning many owners will lose their business.

Inside seating will only be opening in the second stage of relaxation of lockdown on May 17.

Kate Nicholls, the chief executive of UK Hospitality, has warned that for pubs and restaurants to open "outdoors only is is not economically feasible and delaying opening until May without significant additional compensation will see large numbers of business failures and job losses".

There are around 37,500 pubs in England which could in theory open outdoors, but just 15,000 have a big enough outdoor space or beer Garden, according to the Mirror.

How many people can meet?

The rule of six is still firmly in place meaning only that number of people can meet form different households.

However, it they come from just two households they are able to bypass this, meaning two large families can meet up together even if there are more than six people total.

It won’t be until the indoor spaces open up on May 17 the larger groups will be able to meet outdoors.

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Will I need to order a meal?

The so-called Scotch egg debate no longer needs to be pondered as the rule meaning customers must order a substantial meal with their drink has been scrapped.

This will come as a relief to MPs after ministers caused confusion over what constituted as a substantial meal.

Will Covid passports be necessary?

The Government defines Covid certificates or passports as somethings that proves you have either had the jab or a negative test result/

Boris Johnson had previously inferred that coronavirus certificates could be introduced ant pubs at the discretion of the landlords.

But Emma McClarkin, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said it would be "putting our businesses in an impossible situation", in which venues may "have to discriminate against those who have not had vaccine".

While much has been discussed about them, so far there is no scheme to introduce them, meaning both the vaccinated and unvaccinated retain equal access.

However all customers must check-in under the new regulations, either by leaving their details or using the Test and Trace app.

This marks a change from when hospitality was previously open and only one person in a group needed to register their attendance.

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Will I need to wear a mask and social distance?

Masks will need to be word when you are making trips indoors, such as entering the pub or going to the toilet.

This week it was reported that some councils had been stricter with the rules and were asking that punters wore their masks outside as well, unless eating or drinking, so check with your local.

Social distancing will also need to be maintained so on-way systems and staggered queues are expected to be put in place, to get to your table.

It is not allowed to order at the bar either, so table service will be required and patrons are expected to stay seated.

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What other restrictions will there be?

Venues are expected to encourage hand sanitising before entering the premises.

Music will have to remain at a lower volume to stop people shouting, singing or dancing.

Guidelines have also been drawn up that will see pubs ban taking payments indoors, according to the Telegraph.

This means drinkers are advised to take cash to the pub with them so that staff can more easily take payments outside

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