I’m staying well clear of lockdown/ease-up (?) debate. My scientific knowledge stretches to a Grade 4 GCSE Physics, which means I know H20 is a Hall & Oates album.
So I’ll leave it to the experts, and hope we know more than we did a year ago about transmission risk. During the summer I managed 300 pubs, blissfully unaware that Covid can travel 20 feet round corners and all that 2 metres/15 minute stuff was made up.
Now I’ve had my first jab I’ll be fine for pub wine gardens as we approach the countdown to the 12th, anyway. Though I’m a little concerned that I’ve experienced no post-vaccination symptoms at all and do worry I had the placebo. The WiFi is better though.
So, who will open on April 12th ?
As always, well done Sheffield CAMRA, for your great work keeping this map of April re-openings up-to-date.
But there’s plenty of Sheffield legends that aren’t (yet).
As Mudgie notes, despite the usual media hysteria about West Londoners booking restaurants 5 months ahead of their annual trip to Padstow, outdoor opening is a risk for publicans as well as punters.
When pubs re-opened (almost properly) on 4 July 2020 there was much talk of “chaotic scenes“, but in truth it was a damp squib, with most folk either too worried about infection or “waiting till the opening week carnage is over“.
The only fights were over the validity of Spoons vouchers.
As in 2020, I’ll probably be starting the Glorious 12th in a Spoons, with the Hillsborough Timbo’s offering some scenic views from the garden as well as 50p off a Doom Bar.
On my latest stroll I took a pre-emptive look at some of the trad Kelham boozers all set for the 12th.
Mrs RM has some exciting root canal surgery that afternoon, but hopefully she’ll be able to join me
in outside the Riverside (top) for a pint of Warsteiner and a letch at the Wards windows.
Blimey, can’t wait.