Derby café crowded with customers as it flouts lockdown rules

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A Derby café was bustling with customers today almost two weeks ahead of Government guidance permitting cafés to fully reopen.

Patrons of Te Amo Café, in St Peter's Churchyard, in Derby city centre, flocked to the premises as it recommenced service.

Customers could be seen sitting at tables inside and outside the building, drinking beverages from non-takeaway cups, in breach of the rules.

According to Government guidelines, cafés in England are permitted to serve food or drink as takeaway only until July 4.

This afternoon, a member of staff behind the counter confirmed the café was open and said they were serving drinks to sit in.

The staff member, wearing a mask and gloves, said: "We are trying to keep people outside, we are trying to keep people distanced outside and in here.

"It's alright, we are trying to keep people outside or if they are inside we leave two tables separate."

Inside the café, some tables were covered in black and yellow tape to deter people from sitting too close together.

At around 11.30am this morning, there were seven people sat inside the premises at separate tables, spaced around a metre apart.

Several patrons were also sitting outside in the sunshine spread across three separate tables.

Many businesses in the hospitality industry have reported being hit hard by the pandemic with owners eager to open as soon as possible.

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Te Amo is not the first business to take up the baton and reopen for trading, as Abacus Tattoo and Piercing Studio has also started taking appointments again.

Tattoo studios, along with beauty salons and gyms, are among the businesses who have not yet been told when they can reopen.

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