I normally stay well clear of topical comment on this blog; life’s too short for arguing.
But I was struck by this anonymous Government source quoted in the Telegraph implying “chaotic scenes” last summer preventing the early re-opening of pubs.
Yes, THOSE chaotic scenes.
I made 290 pub visits between July 4 and November 4 and only saw well-behaved customers and licensees desperate to comply with increasingly more complex rules.
As Pub Curmudgeon wrote here;
“Licensees had to walk a tightrope between ensuring that social distancing guidelines were followed and avoiding going over the top with pettifogging restrictions. Sadly, quite a few seemed to fall into the latter camp and turned their establishments into profoundly unwelcoming places.“
The few examples you remember, that nightclub in Stone and, er, the other one, were 1 in 10,000 exceptions.
Actually, I thought I remembered some “chaotic behaviour“;
But it turns out that night was the 22 December 2019 (my birthday, make a note).
Will we ever again have fun like that ? And will moderate drinkers ever again be treated as anything other than social pariahs ?