A Cheltenham put that stayed shut because of Tier 2 restrictions has told customers it will reopen on Friday.
The Greatfield, off Caernarvon Road in Up Hatherley, kept its doors locked when pubs that sold food were allowed to welcome back customers from December 2
And while it said at the time it hoped to reopen before Christmas, pub bosses said they would wait for a review of tiers on Wednesday, December 16.
They said that decision to stay shut was taken ‘with great sadness’ because of the rules surrounding Tier 2, which included no households mixing indoors and alcohol only being sold with a substantial meal.
Bookings were cancelled and money returned.
Sadness has turned to joy with the announcement it will reopen on Friday, December 11 – ahead of any decisions about tiers affecting Cheltenham.
A message on the pub’s Facebook page said: “We are overjoyed to announce that we will be reopening our doors on Friday, December 11 .
“There will be some new changes to keep us in line with the tier two guidelines set in place by the government, all guests are required to have a substantial meal when visiting the premises.
“We will clarify what is a substantial meal with guests when they arrive.”
Customers will be asked to register through track and trace before they enter, wear face coverings and remain seated while indoors – with use of the Ember Inns app encouraged.
On Thursday, passers-by saw lights on inside the pub and staff putting up Christmas decorations.
And a sign outside explained what customers will have to do when they are inside.
There are areas marked out in yellow where people will need to wait, and people are told not to stand in the crosshatched areas.
Tables are limited to two hours and only four people can be on a table – although six people could be accommodated if booked in advance.
Opening times are from noon to 10pm from Sundays to Thursday and from noon to 11pm on Fridays and Saturday. Last order for food is 8.30pm.