Killjoy cops warn pubs and restaurants not to serve punters in outside pods or igloos when they reopen on April 12

KILLJOY cops have warned pubs and restaurants they cannot serve punters in outside pods or igloos when they reopen on April 12.

Ministers are tearing up red tape so pubs can put up gazebos and outside seating in time for the hotly-anticipated unlocking.

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But police have written to boozers warning them that pods still fall foul of strict Covid laws which only allow drinks to be served outdoors.

It means officers could swoop on a pub allowing families to use the special seating areas before indoor drinking is allowed on May 17.

Furious landlords blasted the move, saying they have wasted thousands of pounds on the seating areas.

East Herts police force has written to local publicans warning them that if they plan to open “tents marquees pods or sheds” and the structure is “substantially enclosed” they must wait until May.

Lucy Bonner, who runs the Brewery Tap in Ferneux Pelham in Hertfordshire and has forked out thousands of pounds for pods, hit out at the decision

She said: “There is no exemption for single households – just a blanket ban that we cannot use our pods.

“It is just bonkers, illogical and doesn’t make sense.”

She said many pubs are teetering on the brink of closure, and banning them from using Covid secure pods for single households will be another nail in their coffin.

Mo Metcalf-Fisher of the Countryside Alliance said: “We desperately need local authorities to exercise some common sense with regulations.

“Publicans have splashed out serious sums on getting their premises safe and operable for outdoor table service and pods like these are essential given our unpredictable British weather.

“We cannot have a situation where police or enforcement officers could effectively swoop in and prevent families from the same household enjoying a Sunday Roast together in a pub garden.”

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