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Costa Coffee has re-opened a string of shops across the UK as the country remains in a coronavirus lockdown.

The hot drinks giant has made the move to start operating at sites across the country during the unprecedented Covid-19 health crisis.

But scenes from the north of England show Costa swamped by customers as punters flocked to get their latte fill this weekend.

Images that appeared on  Yorkshire Live  captured the scene at Snowhill Retail Park in Wakefield after 32 of the drive-thru coffee shops reopened amid the lockdown.

Last week the coffee chain, which closed all branches when the UK went into coronavirus lockdown, opened in four locations.

Now it has opened another two dozen to sell drive-thru collection and deliveries.

And appears people just couldn’t wait to get their hands on a coffee at the first opportunity. James Gallivan shared the photos on Facebook, describing the “chaos” he’d seen – all while trying to get to Iceland for his essential shop just before 1pm.

“Just been up to Snow Hill for some shopping from Iceland”, he wrote.

“We had to queue for 10 mins just to get onto the retail park to only see the whole queue was for Costa Coffee!

“The road was in chaos, a police car couldn’t even get through at one point.

“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!”

And it seemed the majority of people agreed with this.

One comment read: “Costa should be shut down again.

“The lockdown has not been lifted.”

While another added: “I wonder how many of these morons have only just gone out to get a coffee… probably walking past their kettle in the process!!! And this is why we cant have nice things!!”

Costa CEO Jill McDonald previously explained the decision to open some drive-thru coffee shops.

She said: “Last week we made the decision to re-open two drive-thru lanes and two stores for delivery only in line with the latest Government advice.

“The safety of our team members and customers is our number one priority and ahead of these stores re-opening, we put in place new social distancing guidelines, enhanced hygiene procedures and are providing teams with personal protective equipment.

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“We have been really pleased with how well our stores teams have been able to adapt to our new ways working, allowing us to serve great coffee, as safely as possible.

“We have also received some great feedback from our customers and key workers taking advantage of enjoying a well-deserved coffee break whilst on essential journeys to or from work.

“We will be increasing the number of drive-thru lanes and stores open for delivery via Uber Eats from tomorrow (2 May).”