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Food, family and facemasks

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All over the country, many states have restaurants now reopen for dining. But whether indoors at a booth or out on the patio, there’s no denying things look different.

Williams, Arizona

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West Hollywood, California

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A restaurant in West Hollywood, California, reopened amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wearing a cloth face mask is just one way to follow coronavirus-era etiquette.

West Hollywood, California

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Restaurant Fiesta Cantina in West Hollywood, California.

Ventura, California

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People eat at the Busy Bee Diner in Ventura, California. Patrons are served by wait staff who wear cloth face masks and social distancing is practiced to keep groups apart.

Greenwich, Connecticut

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A patron dines at Douro restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut. According to a recent report, Connecticut is one of the best states to raise a family.

Greenwich, Connecticut

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Miami, Florida

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An elderly man holds a bouquet of roses as he looks at the menu outside a restaurant on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami.

Miami, Florida

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People sit on the patio of a restaurant on Ocean Drive in South Beach, Miami. A recent study of how many lives social distancing saved found that staying home for 45 days may have avoided a predicted 97,888 hospitalizations and saved 10,572 lives in Miami.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Linda Silvetti serves Scott Harrington as The Floridian restaurant opens in May 2020.

Atlanta, Georgia

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A man decorates a bistro table outside his restaurant in Atlanta.

Decatur, Georgia

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A view of disposable gloves and sanitizer bottles available for guest use are seen on a table at Bad Daddy's Burger Bar in Decatur, Georgia. Restaurants across the country have enhanced their disinfecting procedures using CDC-approved cleaning products.

LaGrange, Illinois

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Diners eat lunch on the sidewalk in front of Casa Margarita restaurant in LaGrange, Illinois.

Chesterton, Indiana

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Patrons enjoy a meal at Peggy Sue's Diner in Chesterton, Indiana.

Louisville, Kentucky

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Shelley Herling carries a food order to a table at Joe's Older Than Dirt in Louisville, Kentucky.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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A bartender pours a drink during dinner at Galatoire's Restaurant in New Orleans. Patrons uneasy about returning to bars can curate a bar cart at home.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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An employee at Turtle Bay, a bar in the French Quarter, wears a face covering as he takes the name and contact information of people walking in. There are tips for wearing a mask while dining.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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People have a drink and socialize outside Cornet, a bar/restaurant on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Bethesda, Maryland

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A portion of Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, is closed off to cars so that restaurants can expand their outdoor dining space.

Ocean City, Maryland

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Ocean City, Maryland

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Bloomington, Minnesota

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Helena, Montana

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An employee cleans the concession stand at Kendrick Field in preparation for customers attending an amateur baseball game in Helena, Montana. To get your baseball fix, scroll through these throwback baseball photos.

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Tables are seen distanced from one another at the restaurant Sadelle's in the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

Hoboken, New Jersey

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Customers have lunch at a restaurant with social distancing measures in place in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Hoboken, New Jersey

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Customers have lunch outside a Hoboken restaurant as the city reopens from the coronavirus lockdown. According to a recent study of coronavirus pain points for restaurant diners, people are split on whether dining out is worth the extra effort.

Norwood, North Carolina

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Stillwater, Oklahoma

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A worker of the Aspen Cafe wears a mask as she makes coffee in Stillwater, Oklahoma. While cafes and coffee shops were closed, Americans got really into homemade coffee during quarantine.

Farmingdale, New York

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Patrons dine at the 317 Main Street restaurant in a makeshift outdoor seating area behind the establishment in Farmingdale, New York.

New York City, New York

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People drink outdoors at bars and restaurants in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York.

Newport, Rhode Island

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A sign reminds guests that face masks are required at SpeakEasy Bar & Grill in Newport, Rhode Island. Rhode Island is one of the easiest places to social distance.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Franklin, Tennessee

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An employee wearing rubber gloves and a mask greets patrons at Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee.

El Paso, Texas

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Vanessa Zubia-Meza and her mother Margie Zubia are pictured in the window of their new restaurant called El Paseo in downtown El Paso, Texas.

Austin, Texas

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A server processes a payment at a bar in Austin, Texas. Some restaurants are applying a COVID-19 surcharge on each check to make up a fraction of the monetary loss caused by coronavirus closures.

Austin, Texas

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A man listens to live music at a reopened bar in Austin, Texas.

Washington, Virginia

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Washington, DC

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A Mexican restaurant has converted its parking lot to outdoor seating to provide more space for customers in Washington, D.C. Mexican food was what Americans craved most during quarantine.

Washington, DC

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A restaurant employee wears a mask and gloves as he serves drinks to the first customers of the day at the Capitol Lounge in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Customers eat and drink at the Brat Stop, a popular bar, restaurant and tourist attraction in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.


Covid: Restaurants, pubs and cafes reopen outdoors for first time this year in Wales

Restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars have reopened across Wales outdoors as part of the country's plan to lift coronavirus restrictions.

It is the first time hospitality businesses have been able to serve customers with more than just takeaway service since just before last Christmas.

Eager customers queued at midnight at one bar in Cardiff to get their first taste of dining out this year, even if it was just for a pint.

Outdoor attractions can also begin to resume business while organised outdoor activities for up to 30 adults can take place from Monday.

The easing of the rules comes as other restrictions were relaxed on Saturday, allowing any six people to meet up outdoors.

The next rule changes in Wales are set to take place on May 3 - when places like gyms and leisure centres can reopen and people can form extended households.

People have been unable to buy alcohol to consume at hospitality businesses in Wales since December 4, when tough restrictions were imposed on the sector in response to a surge in coronavirus cases.

Pubs, bars and restaurants were banned from selling alcoholic drinks unless as a takeaway and forced to shut at 6pm.

When Wales went into lockdown on December 20, hospitality businesses were then forced to close, but could continue to offer takeaways.

One pub landlord in Kinmel Bay said his business had been closed for so much of the past year, he could not wait to reopen.

Jim Smith said: "In actual fact, if you look at it over the last 12 months, we've been closed for 70% and even the 30 % has been under massive restrictions. So to say I'm looking forward to it is basically an understatement."

Boom Battle Bar in Cardiff's Brewery Quarter decided to make the most of the new found freedom by opening from midnight until 3am on the first day of trading.

The owners of the bar said they decided on the early opening after seeing the scenes in English cities as pubs reopened there earlier this month.

While the scenes in Cardiff were not quite as busy, more than 60 people queued up to get their hands on their first pub pint despite the near freezing temperatures.

At the front of the queue ready for their first drink were friends Kyle Hill, Tom Virgo, Holly Khan and Craig Datzell, who arrived just before midnight. "We're very very eager to come for a drink," said Holly.

"We had a couple of drinks before hand while prepping and getting ready. "There's definitely the novelty. You'll never be able to say again 'I went back to the pub for the first time at midnight'."

The bar's manager, James Finn, said Cardiff Council as well as South Wales Police were aware of their plans to reopen at midnight. Officers from South Wales Police did visit the bar during its brief opening to ensure that all restrictions were being adhered to.

Mr Finn said his bar had only opened last year so they had not experienced much trade yet, although this first week of reopening promises to be busy.

He said: "We opened last year between the two lockdowns and we caught some of the autumn internationals which was amazing.

"I've grown up in Cardiff so I know it well as a city but we only got to open two or three weeks during that time which was tough. We had a really great reaction, it was just a shame that we only had that limited time.

"Over the week we're sort of looking at 250 to 300 people booked in a day with Saturday being the busiest.

"The last week has been anticipation, getting ready for it. Previously we had a lot of guidance and things to prepare for - whether that's track and trace systems, one way systems, whatever it might be that the government thinks will make it the safest space."

From April 26, up to 30 adults can take part in outdoor organised activity, meaning wedding receptions can take place outside with the same limit of up to 30.

Meeting people from other households indoors is still only allowed in a few circumstances.

Wales will completely enter Alert Level 3 coronavirus restrictions on May 3.

On that date, gyms and leisure centres can reopen, and people can form extended households with one other household.

Indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults like exercise classes, and reopening community centres has also being brought forward from May 17 to May 3.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said indoor hospitality and all tourist accommodation in Wales could reopen on May 17 were he to be in government after the May 6 Senedd election, while the main opposition parties have already committed to the same date if they win the poll.