CAFFEINE addicts can still get their Costa Coffee hit even though Covid restrictions are still in place.
Costa Coffee has remained open during the third lockdown, although customers haven't been able to sit inside to enjoy their drink.
But pubs, restaurants and cafes can now serve customers outside as Covid restrictions eased further yesterday.
What are the rules in place if you want to grab a coffee from Costa? We explain everything you need to know.
Is Costa open during lockdown?
Costa has remained open under the third lockdown for takeaway service only, so you can’t to sit in to have your drink or snacks.
But as of yesterday, you can now sit outside to enjoy your coffee in Costa Coffee branches with outside seating areas.
Boris Johnson confirmed last week that England can enter stage two of his roadmap out of lockdown as planned, easing the country further towards normality.
Under stage two of the plans, hospitality businesses can reopen – but for outdoor service only.
If you don't fancy sitting outdoors, you can still get a Costa Coffee drink and take it out.
You can also use Costa drive-thrus, get your order delivered, or use the Costa Coffee app.
And Costa Express machines will also remain operating for customers out on essential journeys.
If you order in store, then you must wear a mask, unless you are exempt.
Social distancing policies are in place too.
When will Costa open during lockdown?
Costa Coffee remains open as usual – but opening times for stores vary depending on which one you visit.
Throughout the year, most high street Costa branches typically open anywhere between 6am and 7am, Monday to Saturday, and shut between 7pm and 9pm.
Sunday hours are usually 10am to 4pm.
Coffee shops located in train stations and airports operate much longer hours, opening as early as 4am and closing as late as 11pm.
There are also drive-thrus, some of which open 24-hours throughout the year.
But under lockdown rules, all drive-thrus must close by 11pm.
Some Costa Coffee drive-thru’s may close earlier than this.
It’s best to check when your local store opens or closes with Costa’s store locator.
Costa Coffee initially shut its doors during the first lockdown last year.
But after an initial trial in April, stores began to open after that.
By May, 79 branches were open.
What are the rules when visiting Costa?
If you want to sit outdoors for your coffee, you might have to wait for a free table.
Costa is running a first come, first served policy for customers wishing to sit in outdoor seating areas.
There might be less seating available as well under social distancing rules.
You'll have to check in using Costa's Track and Trace app, or the NHS Test and Trace app.
You will also have to wear a mask if you are not sat at your table, and keep to social distancing rules.
If you’re wondering which shops can stay open during the third lockdown, here’s a full list of essential businesses.
Costa is selling ALL hot drinks for just 50p for three days this week
And if you’re desperate to know when you can get your Covid jab, here’s the online calculator you can use which will give you a clue.
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