Cheers! Guernsey becomes first place in British Isles to open pubs

Guernsey pubs have become the first to reopen in the British Isles.

They were all forced to close on 20 March due to lockdown restrictions being put in place.

Now, as Guernsey enters phase four of its exit plan many businesses are preparing to start trading again.

Although many pubs on the island have not been able to reopen straight away due to staffing and other logistical matters, The Golden Lion is one that has.

We've set it up so all our tables are one metre apart, we've set out flooring plans so people can queue easily and we're going to be doing obviously table service. We've done all the toilets, so they can all be used safely and within the distance, so we've just done everything we can to make sure it's safe and easy and people can enjoy it.

Aaron Thompson, Manager of the Golden Lion
As Guernsey enters phase four of its exit plan businesses are preparing to start trading again. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Not everything is possible, and we're going to be running limited stock. We don't know how many people are going to be coming out. I think there's going to be a level of anxiety as well, so with that in mind, we're doing what is feasible. We've got outside, inside and upstairs, so we're going to be doing a phased opening, and it's a question of not running before you can walk really.

Jack Gervaise-Brazier, Owner of the Golden Lion