Police report no major issues as Teesside drinkers returned inside

Police monitoring the easing of coronavirus restrictions around Teesside have reported no major issues as the next stage of the government’s lockdown roadmap came in to force. From Monday, drinkers were allowed inside pubs for the first time in months. Venues across Teesside opened up to welcome customers back with many punters enjoying a pint indoors in the warm instead of outdoors in beer gardens.

Cleveland Police said no major issues were reported across the area on Monday and officers also thanked communities for sticking to the coronavirus safety rules that continue to remain in place. “We’re pleased to report no issues last night as Covid restrictions eased further and licensing and entertainment venues, among others, were able to increase their capacity,” said Inspector Tony Cross. “We’d like to thank our communities for continuing to observe the remaining restrictions and guidelines, while enjoying the further lifting of restrictions.”

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Although indoor venues have been allowed to reopen, the rule of six remains in place in all indoor pub and restaurant settings.

Drinkers and diners still have to check-in using the NHS app when arriving at a venue and customers and staff must wear masks when moving between tables. Pubs and restaurants will still be table service only, with no standing at the bar allowed. From May 17, people are now allowed to meet in groups of up to 30 outside in the fresh air.

A review of social distancing rules is taking place no earlier than June 21.

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