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Hundreds queue for hours in the sunshine outside Maidstone pub

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Original article from Kent Live

A huge queue of people were seen eagerly waiting to enter a pub in Maidstone – but images showed they weren't exactly social distancing.

The Brenchley pub in Maidstone's town centre has attracted lots of attention from the locals, as an astonishing amount of people waited to enter.

It is the first weekend people are able to visit the pubs since lockdown began three months ago.

Although apparent "officers" were supervising the queue, it appears social distancing regulations weren't being followed to the letter.

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A resident, who did not wish to be named, told KentLive: "My wife nipped in to Maidstone today and observed the queue outside The Brenchley.

"What's the point of a socially distanced pub without a socially distanced queue to get in? Officers were supervising though."

The scenes outside The Brenchley in Maidstone Town Centre yesterday (April 16)

Despite the easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday (April 12), the government is still maintaining social distancing regulations, and that of wearing masks, in place until late summer.

But this was not the first day huge queues were spotted outside this pub – yesterday (April 16) a mass line of pub enthusiasts were also squeezed together, hoping to get in for a pint.

According to the Gov website, businesses need to be "managing outside queues to ensure they do not cause a risk to individuals, other businesses or additional security risks".

The website goes on to state businesses should be "setting out clear demarcation for social distancing (2m, or 1m with risk mitigation where 2m is not viable) for delivery drivers, riders or customers queuing."

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