Last update: Saturday July 04, 2020, 5:33 pm
- We spoke to businesses and customers in the Northeast when the sites reopened for the first time.
- There were queues in pubs and hairdressers on Saturday July 4 the first day of school.
- Check out our updates to find out how the day went in the region.
10:00 am: It’s Super Saturday – so what’s changing today?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in June that parts of the British hotel industry could reopen from Saturday June 4 – now known as Super Saturday!
Bars, pubs and restaurants are among those allowed to open for the first time since the lockdown was imposed in March – but must be protected by Covid and have social distancing and other restrictions in place.
Cinemas, hairdressers and barbers will also reopen for the first time today – with weddings of up to 30 people also allowed.
10:10 a.m .: The Northeast team travels to the region
Our reporters Katy, Kevin, Ryan, Mark and Ian will be on hand throughout the Super Saturday across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Hartlepool and Northumberland to chat with you – the bettors – about how you feel now that the sites are reopening. Stay safe and be careful if you go out today 🍺🍷
10:20 a.m .: Are you heading to downtown Sunderland? Here’s what you need to know
We have contacted all pubs in downtown Sunderland to help you decide where to go. We have compiled a list of open places, restrictions in place and closed places – at least for the time being.
Of the 45 bars on our list, 20 must remain cautious by staying closed at least for this weekend.
10:25 am: Tranquil scenes in downtown Sunderland this morning
10:30 am: What is changing with the rules of social distancing today?
Although the government maintains that people from different households should stay at least two meters apart, where this is not possible, people should follow the new “one meter plus” rule, which is introduced from today.
This rule states that people from different households must keep a meter apart while taking other precautions, in order to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19.
10:35 am: the mounted section of the Northumbria police on patrol
10:40 a.m .: Downtown Alnwick scene
Our reporter Ian Smith is on the move in Alnwick, where the current market is up and running.
10:40 am: Have a drink at Hartlepool
Mark Payne is in Hartlepool, where Ward Jackson’s Church Square is already doing good business. The new measures implemented include filling in the NHS test and traceability forms, disinfecting the entry and table services.
10.45 am: It’s cutting time!
10:45 am: First in line at Alnwick
Chavez Pattinson was one of the first customers of Trotters Barber shop. He said, “I reserved a few weeks ago for a back and sides. My brother Cyrus did it from time to time during the lockout but I wanted it to be done correctly. “
10:50 am: Return to business
10.55 am: “Go no further than the directions indicate”
The Secretary of Health tweets a reminder to the public on Saturday July 4 while the hotel industry reopens.
11:00 am: Welcoming customers for the first time – by appointment only
Owner Paula Forth and daughter Alex Forth, of Eddie Marriner in Derwent Street, Sunderland. Glad to be open, by appointment only.
11.10 am: Do you remember the midnight haircut we told you about? 💇♀️💇♀️💇♀️
Cloud 9, on Hylton Road in Sunderland, resumed operations today with great success.
Debra Anne Adamson – owner and manager of the salon – did her first cut, color and blow dry on client Karen College-Scott at midnight.
Speaking to Echo on Saturday morning, Debra said, “It was incredible. I was nervous at first, but as soon as I put my fingers in her hair, I immediately started again.
“I only got out of here at three o’clock and I’ve been back since 7:30 am, but I’m just running adrenaline.
“I still have a lot to do today, but it’s really nice to see everyone. “
11:15 am: Are you going to get your hair cut today?
Ian Taylor’s at Church Street and Cook Hair Design at Raby Road, both in Hartlepool, are back in business.
The two have implemented strict security measures, including hairdressers wearing PPE. It is appointment only at Cook.