Drinkers queue for more than an hour as pub beer gardens reopen in Scotland after 13 weeks of lockdown
- Pub fans queued for more than an hour to get into beer gardens in Scotland
- Outdoor spaces in pubs were able to open for the first time in 13 weeks today
- Nicola Sturgeon urged people to comply with anti-coronavirus measures
Drinkers queued for more than a hour to get into beer gardens as they reopened across Scotland today following 13 weeks of lockdown.
Outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants are now able to open for the first time as part of easing measures.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people to comply with measures in place to protect against coronavirus at the newly reopened sites, such as giving names and contact details, or to stay at home.
A queue stretched down the street outside Hootenanny in Glasgow city centre, which opened its beer garden shortly after 11am.
Gary Latto, 27, waited with Cameron Connor, 21, for their first pints since lockdown began.
He said: ‘We’ve been queuing for an hour and a half but I think it will be worth it when we get in and get a couple of pints.’
Members of the public enjoy their first drink in a beer garden at SWG3 today in Glasgow, Scotland
Beer gardens across Scotland are permitted to reopen today, as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased further in the country (pictured: SWG3, Glasgow)
Outdoor spaces in pubs and restaurants are now able to open for the first time as part of easing measures (pictured: SWG3, Glasgow)
Paddy Reilly, 39, celebrated meeting up with his sister, brother and sister-in-law for the first time since lockdown with a pint of Guinness.
He said: ‘It’s amazing. You can’t get a pint of Guinness in the house – you need to come to a pub for that, it’s one thing you can’t get in lockdown.
‘I’m over the moon, seeing my brother and my beautiful sister and my beautiful sister-in-law, they’ve not seen each other in ages.’
Denis Flanagan, 47, waited about an hour for a table with his sister and friend.
He said: ‘We waited around an hour to get in and now we’re having a beer out of a glass tumbler for the first time in God knows how long.
‘It’s been great. It’s great to see people hanging about and just people watching again for the first time in a long time.’
Andy McStay and Susan Murray enjoy a drink as The Montford House opens its beer garden for the first time since lockdown
Among the measures in place to help control the spread of coronavirus are having table service, staff wearing masks and enhanced cleaning
Manager Andy Fairgrieve said capacity has been reduced as the inside of the pub remains closed until lockdown measures for these ease.
Among the measures in place to help control the spread of coronavirus are having table service, staff wearing masks and enhanced cleaning, he said.
‘It’s been busy since we opened first thing,’ he added
‘I thought there might have been a few more complaints from people (about the restrictions) but I think everyone is just happy to be out and having a beer.’
Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing people should stay at home if they are not willing to comply with new measures in place at outdoor spaces in bars and cafes.
The Montford House in Glasgow opens its beer garden for the first time since lockdown
Scott, 44, and John, 68, from Dundee, at The Kilted Kangaroo beer garden as lockdown is eased
SWG3 in Glasgow: Beer gardens across Scotland are permitted to reopen today, as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased further in the country
Earlier, she visited Cold Town House in Edinburgh to see changes put in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers.
She said: ‘I hope that as we take these first gradual steps out of lockdown people will begin to feel more of the sense of normality that we have worked so hard for – although it is important to remember that the virus has not gone away so we cannot get complacent.
‘No beer garden or cafe should feel the same as it did before.
‘The vast majority of the hospitality industry will be following the rules and putting in place new procedures to help control the virus.’
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