Early morning queues for the Super Saturday in the Northeast


Early morning lines formed outside pubs and hairdressers in the northeast as businesses in the area reopened. Parts of the hotel industry in England, including restaurants and cinemas, opened their doors this morning as the government eased lock restrictions more than three months after their introduction.

Much of Newcastle remained calm on Saturday morning, but there were queues outside pubs and hairdressers, including outside The Black Garter on Clayton Street.

Queues for Smith Barbers in Nelson Street, Newcastle

Barbers like Patrick Forster have welcomed their first clients since the start of the lockdown, wearing PPE with an integral visor.

The reopening came a day after Boris Johnson urged the public to take advantage of the weekend but to be responsible.

He said: “These are our local restaurants, our hairdressers, our libraries, our museums, our cinemas and yes, our pubs – these are our hotels, our guesthouses, and in fact a large part of our tourism industry.

“All of these companies and their employees have made heroic efforts to prepare their sites for this reopening in order to find a way to do business that keeps their customers safe.

“But the success of these businesses and the livelihoods of those who depend on them, and ultimately the economic health of the whole country depends on each of us acting responsibly.” ”

The government announced that pubs could reopen on Saturday from 6 a.m. and said the time had been chosen to prevent the premises from holding reopening evenings at midnight.

Some owners – including the pub chain BrewDog – had planned to reopen their establishments in England to select customers while the clock was ticking after midnight.


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