Drinkers celebrate in Guernsey as it is the first place in the British Isles to reopen pubs with hairdressers, gyms, restaurants and cinemas that are still operating after the closure
- Guernsey will be one of the first places to open pubs
- The channel island has now entered the fourth phase of its blocking plan
- Guernsey has reported that there are currently no known Covid 19 cases
- Hairdressers, gyms, restaurants, cafes, museums and cinemas were also able to welcome customers again
- Here's how you can help people affected by Covid-19
Guernsey is the first place in the British Isles to reopen its pubs as the coronavirus lock slowly wears off.
Pints were served again this week in licensed premises across the Channel Island – a taste of what is expected on the mainland next month.
Restrictions will be lifted more than two months after all pubs were closed in March when the ban was announced.
But Guernsey has now entered the fourth phase of its exit plan as "no known" Covid 19 cases have been reported.
The Golden Lion pub, among others on the island of Guernsey, is now welcoming punters again after the pubs reopened after the slow release of restrictions
A distance of one meter was set up in the pub tables, while apparently a one-way system was created to facilitate ongoing social distancing measures
In addition to pubs, hairdressers, gyms, restaurants, cafes, museums and cinemas, customers were also welcomed back.
Originally, pubs and bars where meals were not served were warned that they would have to remain closed when other stores reopened. This continued closure only applies to night clubs.
And since the venues were open again on Saturday, all other pubs were allowed to follow suit on Monday.
Some companies on the Channel Island, which are self-governing dependencies on the British crown, have been informed that they may be fully or partially operational again from Saturday
Some restrictions remain in effect as the landlords have said they should offer a table service and keep track of everyone who has been there.
Many pubs say that they couldn't open immediately due to staff and other issues.
But the Golden Lion is also a welcome customer.
Manager Aaron Thompson said: “We have arranged that all of our tables are one meter apart. We have laid out floor plans so people can queue up easily and we will obviously do table service.
"We made all the toilets so they could be used safely and remotely. We just did everything we could to make sure it was safe and easy and people could enjoy it."
Jack Gervaise-Brazier, owner of The Golden Lion, added: “Not everything is possible and we will only have limited stocks. We don't know how many people will come out.
"I think there will also be some fear. With this in mind, we do what is feasible.
"We're outside, inside and up, so we're opening up gradually, and it's about not running before you can actually run."
A local Paul Schofield said it was a great morale boost for pubs to be back.
He said: "It's great that the pubs are back. Good for the economy as a whole and in a sunny beer garden you can't beat a nice cold beer.
Jack Gervaise-Brazier, owner of The Golden Lion, says the pub is "gradually opening".
"We are very lucky in Guernsey to be able to do this, but hopefully everyone else will be able to follow us soon."
The Guernsey police said they would increase patrols due to the reopening of the night economy.
A spokesman said: “An additional restriction has been lifted and pubs can now serve alcohol without having to buy groceries at the same time.
"Our shifts are adequately equipped, and there will be high-visibility patrols when we return to the police, which is linked to an active night economy."
Nevertheless, the officials said that apart from a few calls for loud parties, everyone had behaved well.
"So far, everyone has followed the rules and guidelines," said Duty Inspector Kieran McGrath.
"We had a lot of police officers on patrols and they report that people behaved well."