Punch Pubs has announced a £1m outdoor investment scheme in preparation for outdoor reopening in April.

The investment programme is aimed at helping Punch Publicans maximise the opportunity of trading safely outside whilst complying with Government guidance.

Punch said as a result of the scheme, 662 (72%) of its pubs in England would be able to welcome guests back on 12 April.

The solutions include new furniture, stretch tents, festoon lighting, cosy huts, and outdoor heating.

Hundreds of projects have already been completed across the country, with many more currently underway.

Andy Spencer, managing director, said: “Working together with hundreds of our Publicans, we have breathed new life into many of our pub gardens and outdoor spaces. Creating safe, warm, and welcome environments to give our guests fantastic experiences when we reopen and for the future. Like all of our Publicans able to reopen, we are excited to welcome our customers back in April. However, it remains vitally important to remember that pubs will be operating at a significantly reduced capacity. We need restrictions to continue to be relaxed during the reopening period to ensure the long-term survival of the Great British Pub”.