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Videos show Britons getting beers in the cold as England reopens pubs following a long COVID-19 lockdown

INSIDER logo INSIDER 4/12/2021 sbaker@businessinsider.com (Sinéad Baker)
a group of people sitting at a table: People at a London pub at 12:01 a.m. on Monday after pubs reopened in England. Twitter/Isabella Kwai © Twitter/Isabella Kwai People at a London pub at 12:01 a.m. on Monday after pubs reopened in England. Twitter/Isabella Kwai
  • Pubs in England were allowed to reopen after midnight Monday after four months of closure.
  • They can serve only outside and to a maximum of six people per group.
  • But that didn't stop people from going in the cold just after midnight and early Monday morning.
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Pubs reopened Monday in England after being closed for four months because of coronavirus restrictions.

Clothing stores, salons, and gyms were also allowed to reopen Monday.

These groups were at the pub from 8 a.m. on Monday:

Some people even lined up so they could sit at tables outside a pub just after midnight:

The BBC showed one pub using a gong to mark the reopening as people drank outside on Monday morning:

Photos also show people drinking their first pub beers in months:

a group of people sitting at a table: People at the Fox on the Hill pub in London on Monday. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay © REUTERS/Hannah Mckay People at the Fox on the Hill pub in London on Monday. REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

For now, pubs can serve only outdoors and to a maximum of six people per group.

The people went for their pints on Monday despite the cold, with the Met Office predicting temperatures of 9 to 11 degrees Celsius, or 48 to 52 degrees Fahrenheit, across England for the start of the week. Some parts of southern England also experienced snow and sleet on Monday morning.

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