Newcastle City Council has thanked revellers and licencees after city pubs reopened on Saturday.
It said it was pleased with how the process had gone.
Cabinet member for environment and regulatory service, Councillor John-Paul Stephenson said: “Around 50% of licenced businesses welcomed customers back, with some really quite innovative ideas for how to operate while keeping both staff and customers safe.
“We must thank the trade for working with us and for all the time and investment they put in to prepare for the return of what is a vital part of our economy."
Safety measures included protective screens, one-way systems and app and text message-based ordering systems.