The hospitality industry in the cotswolds finally reopened its doors on Saturday.

Pubs and restaurants were permitted to open for the first time, provided safety measures were put in place.

“We were not sure what to expect and we understand some of people’s concerns,” said Laura Stringer, managers of Jack’s Tearooms and Kitchen.

“Everyone has been great and accepting of all of the changes we have had to make to ensure you have a safe visit.”

The Golden Cross Inn, an Arkell’s pub three doors down from Jack’s, enjoyed a steady start to the day.

“We have a garden and a Stable Bar as well as the pub itself,” said landlord Mark Lindesay.

“We are able to spread the flow of people and we are aware that during the day there will be a lot of families looking to meet in a safe environment.”

Customers also headed to Téatro Bar and Restaurant .

Rachel Wright, executive director of Ingleside House and Téatro, said: “New furniture has been purchased to complement our existing outdoor seating along with outdoor heaters as well as the hygiene suppliers.

“In particular, we are trialling two spray disinfectants which can be used on hard and soft surfaces.

“We will also have designated staff dedicated to continuous cleaning throughout the day to ensure all tables, toilets and other areas are sanitised.

“Tables must be pre-booked and we will be following Government guidance.”

Not even the damp weather stopped the enthusiasm of Tetbury’s mayor Ann Pearce and Tetbury Town Crier Tony Evans who officially welcomed back the hospitality industry in Tetbury on Saturday.

Cllr Pearce said: “We had a lovely morning with the Town Crier doing the cry.

“The town was bustling which was lovely to see.

My husband Colin and I went back to the Snooty Fox for a lovely meal in the evening, where trade seemed to be steady.”