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Coronavirus block: people rush to city centers when pubs reopen

A waiter serves drinks to diners at Old Compton in the Soho area of ​​London

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A waiter serves drinks to diners in the Soho area of ​​London

The number of people visiting High Streets rose to “Super Saturday” when hairdressers, pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants reopened in England after a three-month blockade.

Research firm Springboard said the drop was 19.7% higher than last week, up sharply after 5:00 PM BST.

Trampling in the evening increased by 26% in central London, 29.4% in regional cities and 21.9% in historic cities.

It comes when the police have warned that drunk people are unable to distance themselves socially.

“Part of this is probably due to the reopening of hairdressers and barbers, most of which are located in High Street, rather than in malls or shopping parks,” said Diane Wehrle, Springboard’s director of marketing and insights.

“And after 17:00, the footpath increase in High Streets to 35.8% from the previous week was double that of retail destinations in general, due to the presence of pubs and bars. “

In Scotland, the drop in passes rose 69.7% from the previous Saturday, due to the first weekend of exchanges after the five-mile travel restriction eased.

However, overall the number of visits to the High Streets in England has decreased by 56% year on year and has remained 68.4% lower in Scotland.

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There were long lines on Saturday at the barbers in Clapham

Restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas have been allowed to reopen in England immediately after midnight, with some hairdressing salons welcoming customers in the early hours.

There were long lines in front of a barber shop in south London for most of Saturday.

But about 31% of bars, pubs and restaurants are still not opening, according to the Night-Time Industries Association, amid safety fears and warnings, while the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said that about half of the pubs Brits may remain closed this weekend.

The streets were crowded in London’s Soho district, with images showing revelers outside the pubs in the early hours of Sunday.

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Media captionLarge crowds of people visited the London neighborhood of Soho to celebrate the reopening of the pubs

Metropolitan police said that “a small number” of premises were closed early due to crowds’ recommendations due to crowds, but force added that there were “significant problems” in the capital.

In northern Nottinghamshire, four people were arrested and several pubs decided to close after alcohol-related anti-social behavior.

In Northern Ireland, the pubs were reopened on Friday. In Wales, pubs and restaurants can open outdoors on July 13, while in Scotland outdoor hospitality can be open from July 6 and indoors from July 15.

People in England are still urged to stay 2 meters away, but the new “one meter more” guide means they can get closer if they use “mitigation” measures, such as face coatings and not sit face to face.

Boris Johnson and government experts had urged people to abide by the rules to avoid creating a second wave of coronaviruses, with England medical officer Chris Whitty saying that loosening the blockade isn’t “risk-free”.

The latest government data, released on Sunday, showed that another 22 people had died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 44,220.

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