Massive Queues Form Outside Costa Drive-Thru As Coffee Chain Reopens Some Stores
Huge queues have formed outside of Costa as the coffee-chain reopens a number of drive-thru stores.
Costa announced it would be re-opening 29 of its stores, after closing on 23 March to help control the spread of the coronavirus.
Images show eager coffee lovers queuing up in their dozens to get their caffeine fix, with lengthy lines spotted at branches in Edinburgh, Yorkshire and Nottingham.
Similar queues were seen over the weekend, with many people on social media hitting out at those using the drive-thru saying that getting a takeaway coffee is not an 'essential trip'.
Posting on Facebook one man in Wakefield wrote: "Just been up to Snowhill for some shopping from Iceland. We had to queue for 10 mins just to get onto the retail park to only see the whole queue was for Costa Coffee!
"On way out the queues had got even worse, right back to The Vine Tree (Capri) roundabout. The road was in chaos; a police car couldn't even get through at one point.
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"Seriously people of Wakefield give your head a shake if a coffee is that important to you, WE ARE ON LOCKDOWN! Carrying on like this we will never get rid of this virus - pure madness!"
On Twitter another person wrote: "Have I missed an announcement? Why are people now queuing for a Costa Coffee and grabbing their 'essentials' from B&Q? I wasn't aware this was classed as essential travel. I couldn't attend my Grandad's funeral and haven't seen any family for weeks, yet this is acceptable?"
A spokesperson from Costa told Yorkshire Live: "Our number one priority is the safety of our store teams and customers. In line with the re-opening of a small number of drive-thru lanes and delivery stores this weekend, we've ensured strict measures have been put in place aligned to Government guidelines.
"We'd like to reinforce that our drive-thru lanes are open to offer key workers the chance to enjoy a Costa on essential journeys, whilst our delivery stores allow customers the opportunity to order a Costa from the comfort of their own home."
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