So, the rules of the pubs post lockdown? Well, you may know them already, but briefly:
With all these rules and measures in place, it really seems like going to a pub will be no fun at all, I mean, as students one of the main goals tends to be exchanging fluids with strangers. However, I can assure you that after so much solitude, having a drink in a place that isn't your living room, with sounds that aren't your housemates or parents, and music that doesn't have Spotify ads (yes, I am that cheapskate that doesn't pay for Spotify Premium), even a socially distant pub is better than no pub at all.
I must however point out and address articles that you may have seen stating that these pubs are 'absolute madness.' Sure, there may be a few that are flouting the rules, so, please be careful and look for places you and your party feels comfortable with. For instance, if you are told to sit with a party that isn't your own, or see queues that are out of control, maybe avoid it and try somewhere that you would trust. Just keep in mind, 'would I trust my beloved grandparent here?', if the answer is no, then avoid and try somewhere else.
So when you are in a pub or restaurant, remember, by following the rules you are keeping that business in business. You are ensuring jobs and people and allowing them to avoid feeling stir crazy on furlough. And speaking for myself, as a student writing her dissertation in near isolation, even a little job is a full necessity for sanity. But, this is far more important, of course, for those who will rely on these jobs for the near and distant future.
So, stay distant, stay safe, have fun.
P.S. Bring and use hand sanitizer. If you've touched something, likelihood someone else has too.