Pubs Could Reopen From July With Social Distancing Measures, Minister Says

Pubs, pubs, pubs. When will we finally be able to get an ale down our necks? Sooner than we thought, apparently. Since lockdown began, speculation about when bars and pubs would re-open became rife. From not being able to go to the boozer ’til Christmas, to only pubs with beer gardens, there’s been a ton of rumours that have kept us on our toes. But now, it seems that we could only be a few more weeks away from a cold pint. Thank the heavens.

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As expected, pubs will not be opening as we knew them pre-pandemic. There are sure to be strict social distancing measures in place to make sure that the spread of the virus can be limited as much as possible. Other European countries have already begun opening up their bars and restaurants to the public, but will we follow suit over the coming months? Amsterdam have used greenhouse structures to make sure people are social distancing, with places In Germany reported to be using such things as foam hats and other crazy ideas to make sure people stick to the 2-metre distance rule.

Speaking on the issue, Environmental Secretary George Eustice told the Commons, “Of course we also recognise that until things return to something closer to normal and they can open normally, hopefully later this summer, then it will not give them all of the trade they previously had.”

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Adding, “As the Prime Minister has outlined, we intend that the hospitality sector including pubs would be able to tentatively start gradually opening hopefully during the month of July – subject to the epidemiology supporting such a move.

We can only sit and wait for our beloved pubs to open back up for us, but until then, at least we can enjoy a bit of beautiful sunshine with our nearest and dearest. There is plenty of time to enjoy the local boozer in the future. Until then stay safe Yorkshire folk!

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