Thirsty punters flood Hamilton pub with messages about booking beer garden

One of the first pubs in Hamilton to announce plans for reopening has been inundated with messages for bookings.

Bar Zero today posted a photo of their beer garden set to open on July 6 following lockdown restrictions being lifted for outdoor hospitality.

And punters will be able to book their spot as of tomorrow.

Staff have been busy setting up the pub and beer garden to welcome back customers, which could host up to 120 people at a time with social distancing in place. Staff will allow customers to book online through Facebook and checks will be made to ensure they know who is coming to the pub and everything is safe.

Locals have swarmed to comment on the prospect of a cold drink in the sun after hearing the news we’ve all been waiting for today in Nicola Sturgeon’s update today on easing lockdown measures as part of Phase 2 in her new revised timetable.

The Hamilton Boozer posted on Facebook: “Woohoo we will be opening our beer garden on Monday 6th July, plenty of room to sit and enjoy a nice cold pint or cocktail. Social distancing rules apply.”

However, after a number of messages flooded their inbox, the pub have asked drinkers to stay tuned for a follow-up announcement tomorrow which will include details on how to book a table at the beer garden, and they cannot take bookings until then.

The owner of Bar Zero, Rebecca Laughlin, is looking forward to welcoming back customers and is urging everyone to stay safe while things get back to normal.

She told the Advertiser: “It’s been a long journey and now we seem to be seeing the end of the tunnel, but we’re not out the tunnel. So we’re asking customers to stay wary as we try to make sure everything is plain sailing.

“We’ve got strict measures in for toilet facilities and waiting service and there will be zero tolerance for anyone breaching this, so we need people to stay safe and be cautious.”

Hundreds of names were quickly tagged into the post’s comments with excited locals set to plan their first trip to a pub in months.

Bar Zero intends to operate normal business hours once it reopens and indoor facilities will be available from July 15, with PPE equipment in place at the bar and between booths. They are also looking at potentially introducing a fogging machine to keep customers safe once open again.

Another Hamilton pub set to open outdoor drinking is Mrs Millsy’s on Townhead Street. They’ve promised tables available for customers with strict social distancing, and will aim to provide outdoor entertainment also when they open up shop on July 6.

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