Britons pack pubs for drinking on first Saturday since lockdown ended

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A woman has fallen in Liverpool city center.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened under the spring sun.


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Brits rushed to enjoy the first weekend since the pubs opened in sunny springtime, then stayed out into the night (Photos: LNP / Splash / Rex)

Pubs across England were packed on Saturday as the first weekend out of the lockdown was graced with wonderful weather that kept people drinking for hours into the night.

There were already predictions that today’s ‘Super Saturday’ would see around 6 million pints slaughtered by people desperate to meet their loved ones and enjoy their new freedoms.

Many hospitality establishments had already ordered additional barrels and overloaded their rotas in anticipation of a day of drinking, The Sun reported.

This was before the good weather provided the perfect setting for a drink in the open air.

Although there was rain in the North West, most of the UK experienced hot sun and cold, dry conditions typical of spring.

Temperatures have reached 16C in London, with most of the country also reaching double-digit figures.

Even at sunset, temperatures remained at 7 ° C and people were not dissuaded from being outside.

As if punters needed more than one reason to go out and enjoy a pint with friends, the warm air certainly encouraged them.

Many people have been drinking since the start of the day when the sun was out (Photo: LNP)
People applaud at a table in Soho.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened in sunny spring.
People seemed to keep their spirits up into the evening (Photo: Reuters)
People sit on the terrace of a bar in London.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened under the spring sun.
As alcohol consumption increased, there were fewer signs of social distancing (Image: LNP)
Police officers talk to drinkers in Soho.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened under the spring sun.
Police were on standby as Soho was packed with drinkers (Photo: Reuters)
    Partygoers are enjoying a Saturday night on the town at Newcastle's Bigg Market on the first pub beer gardens opening weekend since lockdown restrictions were relaxed.
Throughout the day, people across the country had to queue for hours to enter theaters (Photo: North News & Pictures)

Photos emerged of beer gardens and terraces filled to capacity with each of the tables occupied.

The scenes remained unchanged as it grew darker with popular areas such as Soho showing little sign of social distancing.

This reflects the past week when it was nearly impossible to get a last minute reservation at the limited tables that hospitality venues are allowed to serve.

In general, people were depicted in good spirits with smiles and sunglasses.

But police had to make arrests and warned the country to stick to social distancing rules.

People are only allowed to meet in groups of six or between two households and they must remain seated at all times.

If you get up to go to the bathroom or for any other reason, you must wear a face mask.

Pub drinkers enjoying the warm spring sunshine outside the Crooked Billet pub in Wimbledon.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened in sunny spring.
The Crooked Billet pub in Wimbledon has put beach chairs on the lawn in front of it so they can serve customers while people are only allowed to meet outside (Photo: AGZ)
People seated at outdoor tables at the Boatman pub in Windsor.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened in sunny spring.
The Boatman pub in Windsor had each of its outdoor tables filled with people having a drink (Photo: Rex Features)
People enjoying outdoor restaurants in Chinatown, London.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened in sunny spring.
People must remain seated while in reception areas and they must wear a mask if they leave their table (Photo: AP)
Police patrol as members of the public make the most of the sunny weather in Primrose Hill, north London.  The British rushed to take advantage of the first weekend since the pubs opened under the spring sun.
Police have warned people they will make arrests if the groups violate social distancing rules (Photo: LNP)

The hospitality industry welcomes greedy guests with open arms after suffering a particularly devastating blow during the pandemic.

Some sites with large outdoor spaces reported serving ten times more customers than before the coronavirus.

There are currently 50,000 pubs and restaurants serving alcohol, including the 10,000 locations serving take out food.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will be able to open indoors on May 17 if the UK continues on schedule with its non-lockdown roadmap.

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