Pubs and cafes across Eastwood and Kimberley eagerly await return of indoor dining
Residents and business owners across Eastwood and Kimberley are rejoicing as further freedom from lockdown awaits this coming Monday.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that England can enter ‘Step Three’ of the roadmap out of lockdown from May 17, meaning indoor mixing and hugging loved ones will be permitted once more.
It comes after a “consistent” fall in cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
The latest lockdown lifting includes the reopening of indoor hospitality, museums, cinemas and children’s play areas, hotels and B&Bs, and allows for indoor group sports and exercise classes, weddings and funerals.
Many pub, restaurant and cafe owners in the area are relieved they will finally be able to allow customers inside after a month of relying on good weather to attract business.
And for others, this will be the first time they have been able to open properly in months.
Angela Devine is the project manager at Rumbletums cafe in Kimberley and is excited to welcome back customers and staff.
She said: “It has been a very difficult time. We’ve been open for takeaway since last June but we can’t wait to finally open again for sitting in next week.
“We’ve only had two tables outside and it’s tiny. So we haven’t really been able to have people sitting down properly yet.”
The cafe is a charity and training project for young people with learning disabilities.
Angela added: “It’s a lovely little project. From the beginning of April, all of our trainees have gradually been coming back in. The majority will be back from next week onwards and we can’t wait.”
The lifting of restrictions will be hugely welcomed by all parts of the economy.
Scott Knowles, chief executive of East Midlands Chamber, said: “This marks another important step towards normal life. It will also enable more people who have been furloughed to return to work and get our economy moving, while firms can take advantage of the pent-up consumer demand that has been clearly evidenced during the past month.
“It feels like we’re ready to take the next major step towards normality as we enter what we hope will be the final throes of the pandemic.”