How Super Saturday unfolded in the North East as region’s bars, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants reopened

It’s Saturday, July 4 and the North East’s hospitality industry reopened for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March.

Our reporters were out and about across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Hartlepool and Northumberland as bars, pubs and restaurants welcomed punters back for the first time in more than three months. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this latest easing of lockdown restrictions last month, along with a change to the previous two-metre social distancing rule which changes to ‘one-metre plus’ from today. Scroll down to see how Super Saturday happened across our region.

Super Saturday across the North East.

How Super Saturday unfolded in the North East as region’s bars, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants reopened

Key Events

  • We spoke to North East businesses and customers as venues reopened for the first time.
  • There were queues at pubs and hairdressers alike on Saturday, July 4 on the first day back in business.
  • Check out our updates for how the day unfolded across the region.
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10.50am: Back in business

10.55am: ‘Don’t go further than the guidance says’

Health Secretary tweets a reminder to the public on Saturday, July 4 as the hospitality industry reopens.

11.00am: Welcoming customers back for the first time - by appointment only

Owner Paula Forth and daughter Alex Forth, of Eddie Marriner in Derwent Street, Sunderland. Happy to be open, with appointments only.

11.10am: Remember that midnight haircut we told you about? 💇‍♀️💇‍♀️💇‍♀️

Cloud 9, on Hylton Road in Sunderland, went back into business today with a bang.

Debra Anne Adamson - the salon’s owner and manager - did her first cut, colour and blowdry on client Karen College-Scott at midnight.

Speaking to the Echo on Saturday morning, Debra said: "It was amazing. I was nervous at first but as soon as I got my fingers into her hair, I was straight back into it.

"I didn't get out of here until three and I have been back in since 7.30am, but I am just running on adrenaline.

"I have got a lot more to get through today, but it is just lovely to see everybody."

Debra and Karen in action at midnight on Saturday, July 4.

11.15am: Will you be heading for a haircut today?

Ian Taylor’s in Church Street and Cook Hair Design in Raby Road, both Hartlepool, are back open for business.

Both have stringent safety measures in place including hairdressers wearing PPE. It is appointment only at Cook’s.

11.20am: A safety reminder from one of our North East councils

11.25am: A trip to Sunderland seafront

Katy Wheeler is down at the coast seeing what’s happening as the hospitality industry reopens today. She’s taken a look at Seaburn’s STACK developement, which is due to open over the August bank holiday weekend. Work recently began again at the site after previously stopping due to lockdown.

11.30am: O’Malley’s in Hartlepool

O’Malley’s Irish bar in Church Square reopened at 11am after 15 weeks being closed. Licensee Sophie Haygarth said: “I’m feeling nervous but excited. I’m looking forward to showing we can do it safely and welcome everyone back.”

11.30am: ‘We’re ready and raring to go'

11.30am: First customer James Armstrong at the Black Swan in Alnwick🍺🍻

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