Article and Photographs: Jonathan White
Cafes, restaurants and pubs in Nantwich and across England can reopen from Saturday 4th July 2020, providing they follow Covid-secure safety guidelines, as part of a series of moves to further ease lockdown.
Also allowed to reopen from 4th July are hair salons, barbers, outdoor gyms, children’s outdoor playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, libraries, social clubs, and community centres. Places of worship will be able to open for prayers and services, including weddings with up to 30 guests – subject to social distancing.
The two metre social distancing guidance will also change in England to “one metre plus”, when it is not possible to stay two metres apart.
Nantwich Book Shop & Coffee Lounge on High Street in Nantwich will make indoor and outdoor seating available from Saturday 4th July onward. Measures in place to keep customers safe include: staff training about social distancing and the need for constant hand washing; greeted by a host on arrival to take customers to their table; staff wearing face coverings; hand sanitiser points; floor markings for social distancing; and protective screens at the till, with takeaway still available.
Pop up Pub & Gin Bar at The Studio/Retro on Castle Street in Nantwich opens on Saturday 4th July with social distancing measures in place.
Liz Parkin, community engagement consultant from inNantwich, said: “It’s great to see the next stage of businesses reopening in Nantwich. I know so many of the pubs and restaurants have worked tirelessly to make sure their customers can socially distance and still enjoy a relaxing experience. We hope that people are considerate towards each other and especially the staff as everyone is on a learning curve.
“I would like to urge people to be kind and not leap on social media if they see something that may not be quite right, instead have a quiet word with the manager to highlight the issue and give them a chance to deal with it. We are all in this together and must help each other to get through it quickly and safely. Together we can get Nantwich safely buzzing again.”
Denise Lawson, from Nantwich Bookshop & Coffee Lounge, said: “We are all getting excited about properly welcoming our lovely guests back after all this time. Things will be slower as we will have less staff working per shift. There are adjustments in place to keep all our staff and customers as safe as we can.
“We will also be taking down details for track and trace before seating anyone. It’s going to be a real learning curve for all of us. All I ask is that people be patient especially with my staff who have to help me maintain the recommended guidelines to keep everyone safe.”
Nigel Woodhouse, from Pop up Pub & Gin Bar at The Studio/Retro, said: “Due to the ongoing crisis nightclubs can NOT open just yet, so from Saturday 4th July we will be hosting our Pop Up Pub outside the Studio Nantwich that will open weekends for the next few months from midday until 11pm.
“We will help with the town’s overall capacity as with social distancing pubs can only fit a fraction of what they used to in their premises, so we will help everyone to get a seat. We only have fifteen tables, and everyone will be seated with very low background music. We hope this will give people a chance to socialise in the extra safety of being outdoors.”