- Title: Haircuts welcome, but many in England are anxious ahead of 'Super Saturday'
- Date: 3rd July 2020
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, FELICITY (LAST NAME NOT GIVEN), ON WHAT SHE'S LOOKING FORWARD TO WITH RESTRICTIONS EASING, SAYING: "Getting my hair cut - because it's been months and months. I hadn't had it cut for months before lockdown - and it's pushing my head! I mean, look at it." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JONATHAN DURANT, SAYING: "For me, I'm quite frightened still. For some of the younger people, it may be fine, but if it starts to spread, we've got a real problem." VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET VARIOUS OF CLOSED BARBERSHOP SIGN ON BARBERSHOP WINDOW ADVISING ON REOPENING (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, PAM DE GORIS, SAYING: "I would love to have a haircut and I would love to go out for lunch, if I could find somewhere that was outside, because I think outside there's probably not much risk, really. But I'm slightly worried about going into a pub or on public transport at the moment. But, you know, we've got to get back to normal. This is horrible, I've hated the whole thing, really. I think it should be called locked up, not locked down." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, MICHAEL FOX, SAYING: "I am (happy about pubs reopening) but I'm not too sure regarding booking tables and stuff like that. I mean, I envisage booking a table, then when your time slot is up and you're asked to go, and then you think, 'well, do I have to go?' The next group of people come to sit down, you end up standing beside them, and someone with a hi-viz (high visibility jacket) on is telling you to get out... So not sure about that at all." VARIOUS OF PUB STAFF CLEANING TABLES IN BEER GARDEN VARIOUS OF THE WHITE CROSS PUB VARIOUS OF AN PUB WITH TAKE-AWAY SIGN ON PUB DOOR READING (English): "Drinks Queue" VIEW OF RICHMOND HIGH STREET AND THE OLD SHIP PUB NOTE ON DOOR ADVISING ON PUB CLOSURE (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JIM MADDEN, SAYING: "Well, it doesn't really matter, actually, because I think it's just going to be... either it's going to get really busy, there'll be too many restrictions inside and I just think it won't be worth it. I think it might be best waiting a couple of weeks and things like that, until people get used to using the pubs, the new rules, the standing back, and you can't get served at a bar, and things like that." PUB SIGN PEOPLE WALKING ON SIDE STREET VARIOUS OF UP-TURNED TABLES AT PUB PEOPLE WALKING BY THE RIVER THAMES PEOPLE PADDLING IN THE RIVER THAMES
- Embargoed: 17th July 2020 15:23
- Keywords: COVID-19 coronavirus easing lockdown pandemic pubs reopening restrictions salons
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA001CL9964N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged Britons to act responsibly when pubs reopen this weekend, warning that businesses, livelihoods and the future of the whole economy depends on it.
The latest phase in a gradual reopening of the British economy on Saturday (July 4) will see pubs in England open their doors for the first time since mid March, as well as the reopening of restaurants, museums, hotels and other businesses.
The much-awaited event has been dubbed "Super Saturday" in the media, sparking worries that after months cooped up indoors, some could get carried away and risk spreading COVID-19.
Many of the elements that define a pub will be missing when they reopen: with numbers limited, there will be no crowds, no standing at the bar and no live music.
Venues will have to keep a record of customers in case of a virus outbreak.
Johnson has previously said he is looking forward to visiting a pub himself, but has warned that patrons will have to stick to new rules.
He is expected to repeat that caution on Friday, pointing to a spike in cases that has forced the English city of Leicester to be locked down.
Johnson will warn that freedoms could be swiftly revoked if the virus takes hold elsewhere.
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