Why no-one will take indoor hospitality for granted after Covid-19 pandemic - YEP Comment

It was the moment that so many businesses in our great city have been waiting for.

Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 8:29 am
Gary Benn, manager of Cottage Road Cinema brings up the shutters for reopening. Picture: Steve Riding.

Hospitality venues were yesterday able to throw open their doors and allow customers inside after months of being barred from doing so.

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“It’s been a difficult time for the staff, who have mostly been furloughed since March 2020,” said Gary Benn, manager at Cottage Road Cinema, which welcomed people back yesterday.

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And care home residents are now permitted to have two visitors attend at the same time, something the sector had been crying out for.

Sharing a meal or drink at a much-missed venue with a loved one will be something no-one will take for granted now.

But it is crucial that we continue to take a cautious approach as lockdown eases, particularly with rising UK cases of the India variant of Covid-19.