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Pubs plan to cash in on thirsty punters the minute they are allowed to open at 00:01am on Monday.
Boris Johnson has confirmed England will move into Step 2 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown on April 12, which permits pubs with gardens to finally re-open.
Most of England's eligible 15,000 boozers are likely to start serving pints at their usual opening times but some are advertising a late night or early morning opening to celebrate.
The Kentish Belle in Bexleyheath, south-east London is spreading word of its midnight opening on Twitter before closing again at 3am until 1pm, The Sun reports.
It tweeted: “TWO seats left for 0001-0300 on Monday 12th. Come on, fill her up for us!”
Only pubs with a 24-hour licence and outside space will be able to take advantage of midnight drinkers unfazed by the potentially freezing temperatures.
The Showtime, in Huddersfield, also said it would do the same and open at one minute past midnight.
Wetherspoons fans will not have to wait too much longer however as doors are set to open for breakfast at 9am.
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There was no such midnight loophole for pubs on the back the first national lockdown on July 4, when punters were allowed back inside hospitality venues but had to stay seated.
Law permitted pubs to open up at 6am on the day branded Super Saturday.
Unlike the summer, Brits next week will need to be prepared for the UK weather out in beer gardens and car parks with and without temporary shelter like gazebos.
For some venues with limited outside space, customers will be allowed to spill out onto pavements as was the case last year.
A jaw-dropping 15 million pints are predicted to be poured and drunk in England over next week alone, says The Sun.
Table service is mandatory and the 'rule of six' or two households policy is in place but with no Covid-19 curfew and requirements for a 'substantial' meal, pubs will be offering the most freedom enjoyed by punters for several months.
- Boris Johnson
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