Drinkers will be heading back to the pub on Monday in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.
Pubs across Teesside have remained shut since the start of last December after a mixture of local and national lockdown measures have kept hospitality venues closed.
But people thirsty for a pint will be able to slake their thirst – albeit outdoors – when pubs and bars with external facilities open on Monday.
The Southern Cross in Marton is one of a number of Greene King pubs across Teesside set to reopen and has posted pictures of the revamped pub garden to the rear of the venue on social media.
It said: “It has been months since our doors were last opened to you all and we are looking forward to welcoming you all back!
“There’s still some availability for opening week so please download our app and use the book now feature to see available times.”
The pub has also reminded customers of the rules in place that must be adhered to to keep everyone safe.
It says its rules for the venue are:
• Upon arrival please see the host who will find your table for you. Further to new test and trace rules, every member of your party over 16 years old must sign in. This can either be done via the NHS test and trace app, the Greene King QR code or by giving your details to the host.
• On busier days please be prepared to have a 1hr and 30 minute booking slot. Your host on the day will be able to tell you if you can have longer.
• Rule of six applies outdoors- you must stay seated at your table with your party and you must not mix with other guests. Vertical drinking is not permitted and unfortunately we cannot accommodate putting two groups of six next to each other.
• You are only permitted to enter the pub one at a time if you need to pay at the till or use the facilities. Our order and pay app has been updated so make sure you have it downloaded to get your drinks quicker and easier!
• Unfortunately if it is forecast showers on the day of your booking you will be getting a phone call to let you know that no food will be served; only drinks and some snacks. If it is forecast rain we will have to close and reschedule your booking.
• Last orders will be Monday-Wednesday 9pm and Thursday-Sunday 10pm
A pub spokesperson said: “We understand that these rules may be frustrating at times but we are doing our best to follow guidelines and allow you all to enjoy your time with us.”
While Teesside was hit with unseasonal snow showers on Sunday, there are hopes that the weather could be on the side of drinkers with a forecast of sunshine, gentle breezes and temperatures of 9C.
The Teesside Greene King pubs reopening on April 12 are:
Rudds Arms, Marton
Southern Cross, Marton
Kings Arms, Billingham
Stag & Monkey Hartlepool
Travellers Rest Hartlepool
Shuttle & Loom Darlington
The Teesside Wetherspoon pubs reopening on April 12 include:
The Swatter’s Carr, Middlesbrough
The Half Moon Inn, Billingham
The Plimsoll Line, Redcar
Ironstone Miner’s, Guisborough
Ward Jackson, Hartlepool
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If rates continue to drop, venues can open indoors no earlier than May 17 with nightclubs the month after.