WETHERSPOONS has announced that it will reopen its two Warrington pubs on Saturday, July 4.

Both The Friar Penketh in Friars Gate and The Looking Glass in Buttermarket Street will welcome residents after Boris Johnson gave the green light for pubs to open

Chairman Tim Martin said: "We are extremely pleased that pubs are reopening on July 4 after a long hiatus.

"We are going to discuss the precise Government proposals with our pub managers and staff before we comment further on the details."

Last month, Jimmy Quinn, manager at The Friar Penketh, told the Warrington Guardian that a number of measures would be in place.

There will be screens at the tills, as well as to create seating areas where it is not possible to separate tables.

Staff will be provided with PPE which they can elect to wear, subject to guidelines.

Every employee will also need to complete and sign a daily health assessment questionnaire to confirm that they are fit to work, include having their temperature taken.

Customers will be asked to use the Wetherspoon order and pay app, wherever possible, or pay at the bar using a credit/debit card and contactless, although cash will be accepted.

Staff will hand over all drinks holding the base of the glass as an extra safety measures, as well as providing sachets of condiments rather than the usual bottles.