Friends embrace “Super Saturday” as pubs and bars reopen

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Pubs, café restaurants and cinemas in England opened their doors to customers for the first time in three months.We asked six young photographers to document what an evening looked like.

Ceri Oates – Whitby, Yorkshire

The seaside town and harbor on the east coast of Yorkshire are perhaps best known for their strong literary associations – in particular the Gothic novel by Bram Stoker Dracula – and the spectacular abbey ruins on the promontory overlooking the town.

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The Moon and Sixpence, a harbor side bar, offers views of the historic city. But its popular window seats have been removed to respond to social distancing measures.


Lex Atkinson, directeur de The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby. 4 juillet 2020

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Director Lex Atkinson takes the details of all customers who come to enjoy an evening. The bar only offers table service and a reservation system is in place, guests are limited to a two-hour slot.


Lex Atkinson serves clients at The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby. July 4, 2020

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These friends who have been to Whitby from nearby Darlington say they are happy to see the bars reopen because it is time to revive the economy. They say not having seen their friends is what they have missed the most in the past three months.


Emma Morley and Lee Clarke of Peterborough, drinking at The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby. July 4, 2020

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Emma Morley and Lee Clarke of Peterborough both work for the NHS and say they have had three eventful months. Due to their work, they encountered people throughout the lockdown. “It doesn’t seem very different to us [being out again], we should not get out of our comfort zone, “says Emma.


A staff member tells people that the bar is full at The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby

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Lex Atkinson admits that an evening at the bar “looks so much like it did before”. She says the reduced capacity will allow them to relax gently after three months off. “This means that we have time to apply the new, stricter cleaning procedures such as wiping checkout points and menus between each customer with an antibacterial spray,” she said.


Bex Wade – Soho, Londres

The weekend marks the end of Pride events in the UK. Covid-19 meant that the celebration of LGBT + rights was a little different this year with many events being held virtually.

Tracking and traceability application used at GAY, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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“We have installed screens between each table, there are disinfection units around the building and everything is socially distant,” says Jeremy Joseph, owner of GAY. The capacity inside the club has been reduced. People give their contact details before entering, and they are detained for 21 days to be linked to the NHS tracking and tracing system.


A group of friends drink at GAY, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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“To be honest, I wouldn’t normally be in a bar, but I generally missed pride,” says Evan, a 32-year-old actor (photo on the right). He says the atmosphere on Old Compton Street has been “incredible”. “It sounds as close to Pride as we could have,” he says.


People, separated by plastic screens, drink and chat at GAY, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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Tommy is 25 years old and also an actor. He says he feels safe with the precautions the bar had put in place. “They have erected many barriers, so it’s a one-way system. There are a lot of perspex so that germs cannot spread. He is not so sure about the new rules for having to sit in a cabin. “You can’t get up and dance,” he says.


People gather outside GAY, Old Compton Street, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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Michael, a 22-year-old receptionist, (left photo) was disappointed that the events were affected by the lockout. “It is one of the days of the year when I like to go out and express myself. But it’s OK because today is festive – everyone is outside, and it’s a bit like pride today. “


Sophie Wedgewood – Peckham, Londres

One of the coolest areas in London, Peckham is full of a variety of bars, restaurants and unique street art.

Gilda Bruno putting on makeup as she prepares for an evening

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Gilda Bruno is a 22 year old Italian living in London. “I moved here just before the lockout started. I was ready to explore a new city, meet new people and see what the city had to offer. Then all of a sudden it happened.


Gilda Bruno prepares for an evening

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“Now things will get better. I will try to make the most of my stay in London and connect with like-minded people and also with the nightlife. This has not been possible in the past few months. “


Gilda Bruno looks at herself in a mirror as she leaves her house for an evening

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“It will certainly be a difficult experience, because in the past few years I have experienced a lot of social anxiety. I never really liked being in a big crowd, so having to deal with this experience again after a few months while I was only interacting with my two roommates is going to be a struggle. “


Gilda Bruno enjoys an evening

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“Maybe people are going to be as clumsy as I am socially – especially after being inside for so long.” I’m not really concerned about the restrictions in place in bars. This could make the focus more on people, conversation and quality time rather than just drinking. “


Joanne Coates – Northumberland

Located in the northern part of the county near the Scottish border and often called the “Gateway to the Cheviots”, the small town of Wooler is a popular base for walkers. It has many pretty stone water points scattered throughout the city.

Bar staff at Angel Inn, Wooler. July 4, 2020

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At the Angel Inn, owner Nikki says preparing to reopen was “a lot of work.” “I installed a one-way system and removed a lot of the furniture,” she says. “The staff all have plastic visors. I made two separate smoking areas, and counted everyone entering. We really have to be sure. “


A group of agricultural workers gathered at the Chatton Arms hotel. July 4, 2020

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Chatton is a village about 6 km (3.2 m) east of Wooler. A group of agricultural workers gathered at the Chatton Arms hotel. “We are regulars here, and our group is made up of people between the ages of 18 and 35,” said one. “People of all ages come together here – we all talk to each other. It’s good for older farmers. Otherwise, they would not see anyone. If we didn’t have a pub here, there would be nothing else to do. “


Farmer Jonny Spink was in his local The Three Horseshoes in Wensley.

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Farmer Jonny Spink was in his local The Three Horseshoes in Wensley. “As a farmer, little has changed for me during this period. I like to go out. Working alone can be stressful and it’s bad for your mental health to not see anyone. “


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Faith Aylward – Stratford, Londres

Described as “the place to be in Stratford,” Roof East is a rooftop bar atop a former mall.

Customers drink at Roof East, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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The unusual place offers a crazy golf course, baseball batting cages and the game of Scottish curling. Its cinema is temporarily closed.


Birute, staff member of Roof East, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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Birute, who works at the bar, is concerned about the prospect of a local foreclosure. She says that young people must be able to continue living as long as they “cooperate with the conditions of life after the foreclosure”.


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Stephanie, Roof East staff member, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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Stéphanie, who also works on site, is cautious: “I think that in every other week, there will be a second wave,” she said. “Given a little freedom, the natural tendency is for people to do their own thing, so I think people can forget about the new rules. “


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Tracking and location instructions, Roof East, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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Unfortunately, the rain shortened the festivities on Saturday evening and the place had to close early.


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Gemma Lou Quinton – Manchester

Four friends – two couples – met for a drink at the local pub, The Queens Arms in Audenshaw, Manchester.

Friends meet for a drink at the Queens Arms in Audenshaw, Manchester

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“The last time I went out was in February and I really missed socializing with my friends,” says Demi Lonsdale. Dean Fallon thinks the pubs are doing enough to keep people safe: “We had to sign a form for tracking purposes, there are plexiglass screens at the bar, I’m really impressed. “


Club promoter Jake Rees is hosting a Sober Rave in Manchester. July 4, 2020.

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The club’s promoter, Jake Rees, organized a special event presented as a “sober rave”. It features entertainment and guest speakers, which it hopes will help people start socializing again after so many months at home.


Performers at a Sober Rave in Manchester. July 4, 2002.

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“These events are about making sure people feel safe and have a good time. It’s nice to see people socializing again – you can really see people lighting up when they’re around other people enjoying good vibes. “


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