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Pubs given green light to serve takeaway pints from April 12

Pubs will be able to serve takeaway drinks from April 12, Downing Street has confirmed.
Pubs given green-light to serve takeaway pints from April 12 (Photo: Pixabay)

In the first national lockdown, as the weather got warmer and restrictions began to ease, pubs which were not able to open at the time had started offering takeaway pints to punters. 

It was ideal for pubs near green spaces, with areas like the green in Stamford swarming with people in their bubbles on a hot day, sipping on a takeaway pint. 

However, following recent lockdown restrictions, takeaway alcohol was prohibited, but as beer gardens are able to reopen, pubs will be able to offer the takeaway service once more. 

Speaking on Thursday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: "Outdoor hospitality is permitted so I believe it would be the case that takeaway alcohol will be permitted."

Drinkers will have to order their alcohol by table service because queueing at the bar would be banned.

Indoor areas of pubs and restaurants are able to fully reopen from May 17 at the earliest.

After June 21, all legal limits on social contact in pubs could be lifted.

Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) chief executive Tom Stainer said: "Allowing take-home sales again in England will help get some much-needed money through the tills for our pubs and breweries and will be especially helpful for those venues that don’t have outside space they can reopen.

"This will also allow consumers to support their local pubs and once again access traditional, fresh, cask beer to enjoy at home."