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Chewbacca Fri 03-Jul-20 09:39:16

A lot of pubs and restaurants are opening this weekend and I was wondering if anyone is looking forward to being able to have a drink or a meal out for the first time since lockdown? Our local neighbourhood Facebook group have just done a poll to see who will amongst the first to go and a surprisingly large amount of people (to me anyway) have confirmed that they can't wait! Personally, I wouldn't go anywhere near but are you looking forward to a return, even with all the special measures for social distancing that they're doing?

GrannyGravy13 Fri 03-Jul-20 09:47:03

GrandpaGravy has made a reservation in a local gastro pub early evening on Saturday. He also surprised me by booking a table for Sunday lunch in a local restaurant.

I do think he was beginning to become concerned for the crockery and pots and pans as apparently I have been banging around alot in the kitchen the last few weeks!!!!!

shysal Fri 03-Jul-20 09:47:24

I shall definitely stay well away! I think there will be problems.

EllanVannin Fri 03-Jul-20 09:52:20

No way.

Greyduster Fri 03-Jul-20 09:54:36

Not for us, yet. It’s too soon for me - I’ve got my “wait and see” hat on. DD suggested that we could book somewhere for Sunday as they are doing a bike ride in our area and will be “landing” on us after. I think they were quite relieved when I said I would cook!

henetha Fri 03-Jul-20 10:06:58

Not yet, it's too soon for me.

TwiceAsNice Fri 03-Jul-20 10:24:13

We have booked at our local pub for Saturday teatime to eat early with the grandchildren but will be eating on the garden not inside

Grannybags Fri 03-Jul-20 10:29:44

It's my birthday tomorrow but I'm with the watch and wait brigade and wont be going anywhere. Also it's supposed to be raining here so a bit soggy if you're hoping to eat outside!

gillybob Fri 03-Jul-20 10:40:31

There is a little pub close to my DD’s house . The licensee has decided to take over a piece of waste land nearby and create an outside beer garden with over 20 large bench tables . My DD is very worried and I just know there will be big trouble on Saturday . I have spoken to the planners at the LA and also the licensing dept . Neither seem interested “they’re working from home” and seemed quite put out that I was concerned . They told me to ring the police if there was trouble . Brilliant , why didn’t I think of that? angry

GrannyGravy13 Fri 03-Jul-20 10:56:33

gillybob

There is a little pub close to my DD’s house . The licensee has decided to take over a piece of waste land nearby and create an outside beer garden with over 20 large bench tables . My DD is very worried and I just know there will be big trouble on Saturday . I have spoken to the planners at the LA and also the licensing dept . Neither seem interested “they’re working from home” and seemed quite put out that I was concerned . They told me to ring the police if there was trouble . Brilliant , why didn’t I think of that? angry

That's dreadful gillybob 😡 even the two local pubs that do not serve food round here have a reservation only policy, table service only and two hour slots.

The gastro pub we are going to is owned by someone I have known since I was 6 years old, so our table is tucked away by an open window. I am nervous but I shall have to put my big girl pants on !!

I have turned down several socially distanced meet ups with my girlfriends as I was worried but gave my head a good wobble and met up with them yesterday. It really helped as we are all having the same thoughts and fears but realise that as this virus isn't going anywhere soon we just have to be responsible for ourselves, do what we feel comfortable with only.

EllanVannin Fri 03-Jul-20 11:06:12

Do you expect everyone to behave themselves ? Not a chance !
There are hundreds who don't know how to and spoil it for everyone else. You'd think people hadn't been out before shock

BlueSky Fri 03-Jul-20 11:12:41

No I'm not looking forward to it if anything I'm dreading it! While DH as always, is quite keen, I wouldn't mind a drink outside a pub if we have sunny weather again, but at the moment that's as far as I would venture. I guess a lot will be younger people.

Kate1949 Fri 03-Jul-20 11:15:07

We love our local. We have missed the Sunday quiz night. However, it will be a long time before we venture down there. It's not worth it. They have so many rules and regulations in place that it won't be enjoyable anyway.

Oopsminty Fri 03-Jul-20 11:15:21

I am so fortunate that all my children have jobs that are secure, ( as secure as they can be) They are all working, able to provide for their children, pay their mortgages etc etc

My neighbour's son runs a pub and he and his wife are desperate.

They are opening on Saturday. They have taken huge steps to ensure safety and also spent a lot of money. They are keeping everything crossed that things go well and they can at last start to rebuild their lives

There are thousands of people in this position

We do have to get things going again

If we don't the future for thousands is looking very grim indeed

Of course life is of the utmost importance but if we all stay home, lives will still be lost, maybe not by the virus but as a direct consequence.

Galaxy Fri 03-Jul-20 11:46:02

I think the issue is also that people ha

Galaxy Fri 03-Jul-20 11:47:26

I think the issue is also that some people have discovered what they actually like doing during lockdown rather than what they have been in the habit of doing. I havent missed pubs at all.

gillybob Fri 03-Jul-20 11:57:41

It is dreadful GrannyGravy . The pub doesn’t serve food and situated where it is I just know there will be trouble tomorrow. My DD is dreading it.

NanKate Fri 03-Jul-20 12:09:46

We were given a voucher for The Ivy at Christmas so we are going to lunch there next Tuesday. They have sent instructions about the present situation and I wouldn’t be surprised if they took our temperature on arrival. I am really looking forward to our first meal out. 👍

Starblaze Fri 03-Jul-20 12:16:46

No I won't, haven't been anywhere except the essentials and kept my risk of catching or spreading Covid to its minimum. This is because I'm working.

If I wasn't working, and I wanted to socialise, everyone I would be socialising with would have also chosen to take that risk.

The people I work with have not chosen to take that risk.

Teetime Fri 03-Jul-20 12:19:48

Ah The Ivy - its a lovely restaurant I'm sure they will look after you - have a great time.
I am really looking forward to a restaurant meal so we will go into town tomorrow and see 'what's occurring' and then next weekend we are going to our daughter's we haven't seen her since before lockdown so she is booking a Sunday lunch for us at her local gastro pub which we all love. I just hope everyone treats this new 'privilege' with respect and doesn't overdo it.

sodapop Fri 03-Jul-20 12:25:27

I agree Oopsminty things have to get moving again even if its with some difficulty. I expect there will be all the usual idiots out at the weekend spoiling things for others. I hope things go well for all the pubs and restaurants trying to get back on track.

We have already had a meal in our local restaurant and plan on going again tomorrow. It's a quiet rural area and everyone was very sensible.

dragonfly46 Fri 03-Jul-20 12:26:53

We won't be going anywhere as I have to stay away for another 4 weeks.
To be honest I prefer my own cooking to some of the things we have eaten out although our DS took us to the Ivy in Brighton on my birthday last year and it was wonderful - probably because I had the DGC there.

Freeandeasy Fri 03-Jul-20 12:47:09

Gillybob - I understand that you’re worried and I also understand that your DD is too. Does she have children? The problem is that there will always be a minority group of people who will break the rules and make trouble. I fear for our NHS staff too as the A&Es around the country will probably be inundated with drunken yobs. We don’t frequent pubs any more - I just don’t enjoy it. I’d much rather enjoy a drink at home. My partner, who enjoys a game of snooker in a local club on a Saturday afternoon (maximum seven people), won’t be able to go as the club isn’t opening as indoors games are still not allowed. How crazy is that? Despite licensees trying to comply with some sort of social distancing you can bet your life that town centre pubs will be inundated with revellers putting even more pressure on our police. In larger cities it will be chaos - young people will always want to have fun. Obviously, nothing wrong with that; we were all young once, but I fear that with everyone being locked up for so long it will be a nightmare. Look at those groups of teenagers recently, gathering in parks, getting drunk and high on drugs and those football fans in Liverpool? It just makes a mockery of the whole lock down period.

JenniferEccles Fri 03-Jul-20 13:05:34

I can understand people’s anxiety about pubs and restaurants reopening but I think we need to put the risk in perspective.

Those who are too nervous or those in a high risk category will probably not go but we all know that things have to get back to some sort of normality at some point.

How long do we wait?
If the hospitality industry doesn’t reopen soon millions of people will lose their jobs.

How long should children be kept away from school ?
Will all of them catch up?

Yes there’s a risk with all the re openings but we can’t put our lives on hold indefinitely can we?

The government has got an incredibly difficult job balancing all the risks and they will never please everyone.

I don’t envy them!

Purplepixie Fri 03-Jul-20 13:09:16

There is not a snowflakes chance in hell that I will be going anywhere near pubs or restaurants for some time yet. Who says it is safe? Barm pots!