Pubs, hair salons and camp websites were amongst the services resuming on Saturday after more than 3 months of lockdown. Sky’s press reporters were out and about speaking with owners and consumers.
Sadiya Chowdhury was at Hershesons beauty parlor in London:
Lauren Saul, client: “Well it’s 8 o’clock in the early morning on a Saturday and I’m here, so [getting a haircut is] absolutely crucial. It’s absolutely a concern and it’s truly amazing to be spoiled once again.”
David Hazel, client: “My last hair cut was about three months ago. It’s so urgent, especially with places opening up now. I had an appointment before lockdown came and cancelled it, so I came really early to get it done today.”
Dan Whitehead met campers at Polmanter Touring Website in St Ives, Cornwall:
Simon Boston: “Just great to get away, to be honest – we’ve been cooped up for so long, stuck at home, so it’s just nice to get out in the fresh air. It’s easy to social distance when you’re camping as well, so it’s great.”
Trudy Jarvis: “We’ve driven from High Wycombe overnight and we stayed in the car park until we were allowed to come in. St Ives is lovely. If you haven’t been, you really should go. It’s going to be a different kind of holiday, hopefully not too different with social distancing and how it’s going to work in the restaurants… but we’ve got a spreadsheet as we’ve had to book all our restaurants in advance.”
Amelia Jarvis: “We booked everything, my daughter is very efficient. She’s joining us next week for our second week and she’s booked the whole variation of restaurants we need but she had to get in the minute it opened. We’ve just been waiting on the 4th of July because we booked this time last year and we’ve been keeping our fingers crossed for the 4th of July. So far it’s all worked out well.”
Lisa Dowd remained in Leicester:
Leicester remains in a various circumstance – it was gone back to lockdown guidelines recently after a spike in coronavirus cases. Just important services are open.
Shinto Infant, grocer: “To be sincere [customers are] terrified. Some of them, they do not care. The majority of of them are frightened, you understand – specifically people with kids. They select it up from the street and bring it home and they’re simply kids. They’re terrified. That’s why a lot of people remain at home”
Michelle Teale has incurable cancer and had actually prepared to form a “bubble” with her mom who lives 100 miles away.
“I was like, ‘Hooray, Mum we can finally get that hug again’. I was planning to go on the 11th and had to say, ‘Mum, we can’t do it’. I was upset. I don’t cry very often. I was deflated, gutted, I’d waited all this time, followed the guidelines, and it was stripped away in a heartbeat, very frustrating.”
Katie Spencer was at The Thatched Pub in Ascot:
Owner Laurence Coveney: “It’s been a bit of a trek however it’s great to get the personnel back in and see the consumers’ faces, numerous of whom we have not seen in months.
” You’ll be seated at a table, you won’ t be standing at a bar. It’ll be table service. We have actually got sanitisers and a one-way systemoperating It’s a case of sound judgment, truly, and doing as much you can to make people feel safe.”
Peter Miles, client: “I was a bit nervous at first but I’m alright now. I think you’d go insane if we carry on as we have been doing. You’ve got to get out.”
Maria Hannison, client: “We’ve come out for a sandwich and a drink. If everybody keeps doing their hands and keeps apart, then it’s safe. I have a son who’s a chef and you need to try and get out, otherwise they have no jobs.”
Katerina Vittozzi remained in Manchester:
Nancy, Lauren and Alyssa are from Stoke-on-Trent and have actually concerned Manchester for a night out.
“We’ve already been to one bar and it was quite empty, to be honest,” stated Alyssa.
“Everyone is social distancing and we feel really safe. We don’t feel like we’re at risk. The weirdest thing was having to take the train in.”
Laura stated: “It feels so amazing to be out and we want to support the hospitality industry because if we don’t, when we do come out of lockdown we’re going to have nothing to come out to.”
Andrew Jackson, a St John Ambulance volunteer, is operating in the charity’s mobile treatment centre in the city centre tonight.
“We’re here and in six other locations across England tonight,” he stated. “The reality is we do not understand what we’re anticipating however we can deal with anything, from somebody with a blister on their foot to somebody having a heart arrest.
” Up until now it’s been alright however it’s still early and the night can alter extremely rapidly.”