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Friends hug “Super Saturday” when they reopen pubs and bars

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cinemas in England have opened their doors to customers for the first time in three months.

We asked six young photographers to document the appearance of an evening out.

Ceri Oates – Whitby, Yorkshire

The seaside town and harbor located on the east coast of Yorkshire are perhaps best known for their strong literary associations – in particular the Gothic novel by Bram Stoker Dracula – and the dramatic ruins of the abbey on the promontory overlooking the city.

The moon and Sixpence, Whitby. July 4, 2020

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The Moon and Sixpence, a harbor side bar, offers a view of the historic center. But its famous window seats have been removed to meet social exclusion measures.

Lex Atkinson, manager of The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby. July 4, 2020

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Manager Lex Atkinson takes the details of all the clients as they come to enjoy an evening out. The bar only offers table service and a booking system is active, with customers limited to a two-hour slot.

Lex Atkinson serves the customers of The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby. July 4, 2020

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These friends who went to Whitby from nearby Darlington say they are happy to see the bars open again, as it is time to revive the economy. They say that not seeing their friends is the thing they have lost most in the past three months.

Peter Morborough's Emma Morley and Lee Clarke drink at The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby. July 4, 2020

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Peter Morborough’s Emma Morley and Lee Clarke both work for SSN and claim to have spent three hectic months. Because of their work, they have been around people during the blockade. “It is not really different for us [being out again], we don’t have to leave our comfort zone, “says Emma.

A staff member who tells people that the bar is full in The Moon and Sixpence, Whitby

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Lex Atkinson admits that an evening at the bar “looks so different from what it was before”. He says the reduced capacity will allow them to relax after three months of rest. “It means we have time to apply new, more stringent cleaning procedures such as cleaning up to points and menus between each customer with antibacterial spray,” he says.

Bex Wade – Soho, London

The weekend marks the end of Pride events in the UK. Covid-19 meant that the celebration of LGBT + rights seemed a little different this year with many of the events being organized practically.

Track and trace app in use at GAY, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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“We have installed screens between each table, there are sanitizing units around the building and everything is socially distant,” says Jeremy Joseph, owner of GAY. The capacity within the club has been reduced. People provide their details before entering, and they are kept for 21 days to connect to the SSN’s location and tracing system.

A group of friends drink in GAY, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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“To be honest, I wouldn’t normally be inside a bar, but I generally missed Pride,” says Evan, a 32-year-old actor (pictured right). He says the atmosphere on Old Compton Street has been “extraordinary”. “This seems the closest to the pride we could have,” he says.

People, separated by plastic screens, drink and chat in GAY, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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Tommy is 25 years old and also an actor. He says he feels safe with bar precautions. “They created many barriers, so it’s a one-way system. There’s a lot of perspex so that the germs can’t be spread.” He is not so sure of the new rules of having to sit on a stand. “You can’t get up and dance,” he says.

People gather outside GAY, Old Compton Street, Soho, London. July 4, 2020

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Michael, a 22-year-old receptionist, (pictured left) was disappointed with the events that hit the blockade. “It’s one of the days of the year when I like to go out and express myself. But it’s okay because it looks festive today – everyone is around and it seems a little Pride today.”

Sophie Wedgewood – Peckham, London

One of London’s trendiest neighborhoods, Peckham is filled with a variety of unique bars, restaurants and street art.

Gilda Bruno wears makeup while preparing for an evening out

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Gilda Bruno is 22 years old and lives in London. “I moved here just before the start of the blockade. I was ready to explore a new city, meet new people and see what the city offered me. Then suddenly it happened.

Gilda Bruno is getting ready for an evening out

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“Now things will get better. I will try to make the most of my stay in London and to connect with like-minded people and also the nightlife. It hasn’t been possible in the last few months.”

Gilda Bruno looks in the mirror as he leaves the house for an evening out

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“It will certainly be a stimulating experience, because in recent years I have experienced a lot of social anxiety. I have never liked being in the crowd very much, therefore having to face that experience again after a few months in which I only interacted with my two roommates will be a fight. ”

Gilda Bruno enjoys an evening out

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“Maybe people will be socially awkward like me, especially after being inside for so long. I’m not really worried about the restrictions going on in the bars. It could focus more on being around people, on conversation and on quality time rather than drinking. ”

Joanne Coates – Northumberland

Located in the northern part of the county, near the Scottish border and often referred to as the “Cheviot Gate”, the small town of Wooler is a popular base for hikers. It has many fascinating stone water wells scattered around the city.

Bar staff at The Angel Inn, Wooler. July 4, 2020

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At the Angel Inn, hostess Nikki says preparing for reopening was “a lot of work”. “I put in a one-way system and pulled out a lot of furniture,” he says. “All the staff have plastic visors. I created two separate smoking areas and I counted whoever came in. We really have to be sure.”

A group of farm workers gathered at The Chatton Arms Hotel. July 4, 2020

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Chatton is a village about 6km (3.2m) east of Wooler. A group of farm workers gathered at The Chatton Arms Hotel. “We are regulars here and our group is made up of people aged 18 to 35,” says one. “People of all ages gather here – we all talk. It’s good for older farmers. Without this they wouldn’t see anyone. If we didn’t have the pub here, there would be nothing else to do.”

Farmer Jonny Spink was out in his club The Three Horseshoes in Wensley.

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Farmer Jonny Spink was out in his club The Three Horseshoes in Wensley. “As a farmer, not much has changed for me in this period. I like being outside. Working alone can be stressful and it is bad for your mental health not to see anyone.”

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Faith Aylward – Stratford, London

Described as “Stratford’s place to be”, Roof East, is a rooftop bar on top of an old mall.

Customers drink at Roof East, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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The unusual location boasts a crazy golf course, baseball batting cages and the Scottish game of curling. The cinema is temporarily closed.

Birute, staff member of Roof East, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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Birute, who works at the bar, is worried about the prospect of a local block. He says young people must be able to continue with their lives, as long as they “cooperate with the provisions on post-bloc life”.

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Stephanie, Roof East staff member, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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Stephanie, who also works at the venue, is cautious: “I think there will be a second wave in one week out of two,” he says. “Given a little freedom, the natural tendency is for people to do their own thing, so I think people can forget about the new rules.”

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Instructions Track and Trace, Roof East, Stratford, London. July 4, 2020

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Unfortunately, the rain stopped the Saturday night celebrations and the venue was forced to close early.

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Gemma Lou Quinton – Manchester

Four friends – two couples – met to have a drink in the local pub, The Queens Arms in Audenshaw, Manchester.

Friends meet for a drink at the Queens Arms in Audenshaw, Manchester

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“The last time I went out was in February and I lost a lot of socializing with my friends,” says Demi Lonsdale. Dean Fallon thinks that pubs are doing enough to protect people: “We had to sign a form for tracking purposes, there are perspex screens at the bar, I’m really impressed.”

Club promoter Jake Rees organizes a Sober Rave in Manchester. July 4, 2020.

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Club promoter Jake Rees organized a special event called “a sober rave”. It features entertainment and guest speakers, which he hopes will help people start socializing again, after so many months at home.

Performers in a Soave Rave in Manchester. 4th July 2002.

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“These events are aimed at making people feel safe and having fun. It’s great to see people socializing again – you can really see people light up when they’re around other people who enjoy good vibes.”

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