Scarborough businesses get set for Saturday; but 'very few pubs are opening', says town's Pub Watch boss

A wave of Scarborough businesses are preparing to re-open their doors this weekend for the first time since the start of lockdown.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 9:19 am
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 10:37 am

Pubs, restaurants, cafes, hairdressers, barbers, museums, bingo halls, cinemas, arcades and hotels will be allowed to welcome customers once more from Saturday.

All will have to abide by Government coronavirus safety advice which includes a new way of working.

Owner of Headers The Barber Shop, on Aberdeen Walk, Heather Franklin said: “It’s going to be a learning curve.

Headers prepares for business after lockdown ... owner Heather Bannister and staff member Helen Bannister look forward to opening.

“We’ve never taken appointments before but we will have to now.”

The Crescent Hotel in Scarborough will re-open its restaurant, bars and accommodation from Saturday with safety measures in place, such as opening up the function room as an extension to the restaurant to allow for social distancing at breakfast service and if the restaurant gets busy.

Some Scarborough pubs are planning to open this weekend but others have announced later re-opening dates.

Tony Snow, landlord at Courtyard Bar and Chairman of Scarborough Pub Watch, is hoping for a steady and safe return.

He posted on the pub’s Facebook page: “We are in close communication with police and council regarding July 4. Very few pubs are opening – some bookings only, some for walk in custom.”

He said pubs will not be open as they were before and asked people not to plan a day out to the town’s pubs.

“More venues will be opening next week and in the coming weeks,” his post read. “It will be a slow controlled re-opening in Scarborough.

“Message the venue that you wish to visit and check their policy – before you set out.

“We don’t want to see people heading to bars, finding them closed and then looking for alternatives that may not be safe.”

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