Tens of thousands of people are expected to enjoy a drink this weekend as lockdown restrictions are eased.
The government and businesses are counting on the economy getting a big boost on the path to recovery with the reopening of pubs and restaurants. Being referred to as ‘Super Saturday’, hospitality businesses across England can reopen for the first time since lockdown measures were brought into force.
Pubs will be able to reopen for 6am on Saturday 4th July with many establishments providing additional outdoor seating. The police expect this weekend to be as busy as New Year’ Eve as the public seek to make the most of their newfound freedom. Many forces have increased paroles in an effort to prevent anti-social behaviour.
In a message to the British public, the Prime Minister warned that it is important the public act responsibly. Speaking to LBC, Johnson said: “Tomorrow, we come to step three of the plan that I set out on May 10th that everybody, I think, has understood – or huge numbers of people have understood – and followed very carefully.”
“My message is to enjoy summer sensibly, and make sure it all works. Let’s not blow it now folks. We need to realise that there is always a risk.”
Bloomberg reports, the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hotels over the coming weeks will see around 960,000 hospitality staff return to work for the first time since March.
Those looking to visit their local boozer are encouraged to book in advance and maintain one-metre plus distancing where possible.