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.

Saturday, 4th July 2020, 4:42 pm

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.

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Super Saturday across the North East.

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

Last updated: Saturday, 04 July, 2020, 11:20

  • 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.

10.00am: It’s Super Saturday - so, what changes today?

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in June that parts of the UK’s hospitality industry could reopen from Saturday, June 4 - now known as Super Saturday!

Bars, pubs and restaurants are among those being permitted to open for the first time since lockdown was imposed in March - but they must be Covid-secure and have social distancing measures and other restrictions in place.

Cinemas, hairdressers and barbers will also reopen for the first time today - with weddings of up to 30 people also allowed.

10.10am: North East team out and about across the region

Our reporters Katy, Kevin, Ryan, Mark and Ian will be out and about throughout Super Saturday across Sunderland, South Tyneside, Hartlepool and Northumberland chatting to you - the punters - about how you feel now that venues are reopening. Stay safe and take care if you’re going out today 🍺🍷

10.20am: Heading into Sunderland city centre? This is what you need to know

We’ve contacted all of the pubs in Sunderland city centre to help you decide where to go. We put together a list of where’s open, which restrictions are in place, and where is staying closed - at least for the time being.

Of the 45 bars on our list, 20 are to remain cautious by staying closed for this weekend at least.

10.25am: Quiet scenes in Sunderland city centre this morning

Quiet scenes in Sunderland city centre on Saturday morning.

10.30am: What changes with social distancing rules today?

While the Government still maintains that people from different households should stay at least two metres apart from each other, where this is not possible people should follow the new “one metre plus” rule, which is being introduced from today.

This rule dictates that people from different households should keep one metre apart while taking other precautions, to mitigate the potential spread of Covid-19.

These mitigations include wearing face coverings, avoiding standing or sitting face to face, and frequently washing your hands, or using hand sanitiser where this is not possible. Click here to read more about the rule, and how it will impact you.

10.35am: Northumbria Police’s Mounted Section on patrol

Northumbria Police officers on patrol in Sunderland city centre on Super Saturday.

10.40am: The scene in Alnwick town centre

Our reporter Ian Smith is out and about in Alnwick, where today’s market is underway.

The scene in Alnwick on Saturday, July 4.

10.40am: Raising a glass in Hartlepool

Mark Payne is in Hartlepool, where the Ward Jackson in Church Square is doing good trade already. New measures put in place include filling in NHS Test and Trace forms, sanitising hands on entry and table service.

The Ward Jackson in Church Square, Hartlepool. Customers can be seen in the window.

10.45am: Time for the chop!

The queue outside Jack's Barber Shop in Olive Street, Sunderland.

10.45am: First in the queue in Alnwick

Chavez Pattinson was one of the first customers at Trotters Barber shop. He said: "I booked in a couple of weeks ago for a back and sides. My brother, Cyrus, did it occasionally during lockdown but I wanted it done properly."

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