Long tailbacks have been seen on Great Western Way as a drive-through branch of Starbuck reopened.

A lengthy queue snaked around the waiting area while customers were patiently waiting to get their hands on their hot drinks.

Stores started to reopen since May 14, including the one in Barnfield Close.

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A spokesman from the Barnfield Close store said on Facebook: "We will be operating on reduces opening hours and have taken extra safety measures to protect our partners and customers. 

"We will only be accepting card or Starbucks card payments. We will also be running on fewer staff than normal so please bear with us."

The global coffee chain said it will open around 15 per cent of its UK stores in the first phase of its reopening plans, which are predominantly focused on Drive Thru stores.

Starbucks closed all of its UK sites in March after the Government-mandated lockdown was introduced.

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The company said the reopening plan will focus on ensuring the health and wellbeing of its employees and customers.

New safety measures at UK site will include regular hand-washing for at least 20 seconds, two metre social distancing, screens at payment areas and the use of contactless payment only.

The reopening menu will include Starbucks’ core range of drinks and a limited food range, the company said.