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The Wetherspoon pubs in Wiltshire set to reopen on Monday Featured

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Beer gardens across Wiltshire can reopen on April 12 - but will your local Wetherspoon be among those reopening?

Selected pubs will open from 9am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, although some will have restrictions on closing times.

They will offer a slightly reduced menu, with food available from 9am to 8pm seven days a week.

Customers can order and pay through the Wetherspoon app and staff will be able to take orders and payment at the table.

However, the pubs will not be operating a booking system across the 394 beer gardens, roof top gardens and patios that will reopen across England.

Drinkers will be able to enter the pubs to gain access to the outside areas and use toilets, while test and trace will be in operation and hand sanitisers will be available.

But what Wetherspoon pubs can you enjoy a pint at on Monday, April 12?

According to JD Wetherspoon, here are the pubs that will reopen no earlier than Monday, April 12:

  • The Bell, Amesbury
  • The Bridge House, Chippenham
  • The Bear, Melksham
  • The King’s Head Inn, Salisbury
  • The Dockle Farmhouse, Swindon
  • The Sir Daniel Arms, Swindon
  • The Bath Arms, Warminster

Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our customers and staff back to our pubs.”

Under Boris Johnson's roadmap out of lockdown, the hospitality industry can reopen for the first time in months, but will only be serving food or drink outdoors.

The 'rule of six' will still be in force, meaning customers can meet up in groups of six - or two households, whichever is greater.

Drinkers will also have to order from their table and stay seated - enabling social distancing.

However, new test and trace rules mean everyone over 16-years-old must sign in before going into pubs, cafés or restaurants, unlike last year when just one member of a group needed to do this.

The Government has binned the previous "substantial meal" rule, or Scotch egg rule, and scrapped the nightly curfew due to the confusion both caused.

The public may be allowed to drink and dine inside pubs from May 17 at the earliest, but visitors must stick to the 'rule of six' or, if there are more people, two households.

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