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Pubs plan to serve pints from midnight when drinkers return on Monday


Caption: Pubs plan to serve pints from midnight on April 12 with punters set to drink 15million next week

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Pubs plan to welcome back those desperate for a pint as soon as coronavirus restrictions lift at midnight on Monday.

Around 15,000 pubs across England are expected to reopen for outside drinking in beer gardens, on patios and even in car parks next week.

And a handful have 24-hour licences, so are gearing up to pour drinks as soon as the clock strikes 12.

The Kentish Belle in Bexleyheath, London, is one of the few, and has announced on Twitter that it will start serving customers at one minute past midnight on April 12.

The pub said it would then close at 3am, before reopening later the same day from 1pm until 10pm.

The tweet reads: ‘TWO seats left for 0001-0300 on Monday 12th. Come on, fill her up for us!’

The Showtime, in Huddersfield, also said it would be reopening at one minute past midnight as well.

Not many pubs are expected to open at midnight, as they need both a 24-hour licence and an outdoor space.

Would you drink a pint at midnight on Monday? (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Pubs are preparing to serve 15 million pints to people in England next week (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Temperatures are also going to be low at around three degrees Celsius, so punters may have to wrap up warm and brave the cold.

Major chains are expected to reopen outdoors at usual times. Wetherspoons is opening 394 of its pubs across the country from 9am, and Young’s will welcome outdoor drinkers from around 11am at 140 branches.

It is thought some 15 million pints will be drunk by thirsty punters next week as around 40% of pubs and bars in England can reopen in some form.

It comes as prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed earlier this week that England can proceed to the second stage of the lockdown roadmap on April 12.

This will see the reopening of non-essential shops, and gyms and hairdressers are also allowed to open their doors again.

Weddings can now have 15 people in attendance and holiday campsites will allow individuals and household groups.

Bars and restaurants will be able to serve customers outside. Although drinkers will have to stick to the ‘rule of six’, there will be no curfew or ‘substantial meal’ rule this time around.

Cashless payments will be encouraged but only table service will be offered.

Mr Johnson welcomed the news at a Downing Street press conference on Monday.

‘I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips,’ he said.

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