The Manc Asks: If pubs and restaurants reopen in two weeks, will you go?

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The Prime Minister is believed to be bringing forward the date that pubs, bars and restaurants are allowed to reopen, but do you feel ready to be in that setting?

After 11 weeks of lockdown in the UK, June is set to be the month with the biggest shift back to normality since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought life as we once knew it to a halt. With schools reopening, people heading back in to work and many non-essential businesses welcoming shoppers, the country is well into the next phase of the government’s exit plan.

Reports have now begun emerging over the weekend to indicate that Boris Johnson may be looking to bring forward the date in which pubs and restaurants are allowed to reopen in the UK to 22nd June.

According to government ministers, it was first suggested that pubs with beer gardens and restaurants/bars with significant outdoor seating capacity would be the first given the green light to reopen, but it now looks as though this could be extended to all establishments.

The Prime Minister has reportedly signed off on a series of measures to help reboot the economy during a meeting with Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak. This is thought to be ahead of the crucial summer period in the hospitality sector and comes after Business Secretary, Alok Sharma, said that 3.5 million jobs are now at risk.

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Is the country ready for this though? Will establishments be suitably confident and prepared enough to deal with a new way of operating by this date? Can necessary social distancing be applied successfully? Or is reopening at this moment in time potentially more trouble than it’s worth?

Most importantly, would the public feel comfortable with being in such establishments by this point?

Here at The Manc, we always want to know where you stand.

After observing responses surrounding the above topic over the past few days, we have grown aware that many of you may either share similar, or contrasting viewpoints, so we wanted to gather your thoughts on this to help offer a wider understanding.

We took to Facebook and Twitter to ask you, our loyal audience of Mancunians – ‘If pubs and restaurants in Manchester were to reopen in two weeks, would you go?’

This is how you reacted:

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Facebook

Over on Facebook, we put the question to our 500,000+ followers and invited all manner of response:

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Posted by The Manc on Monday, 8 June 2020

We received hundreds of replies to our question on Facebook, so we unfortunately haven’t been able to include every single one in this article. Instead, we chose to feature a few that seemed to resonate the best with our audience and received the most interactions overall.

If you want to have a read of the rest of the replies, then head on over to the post on our page here.

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Twitter

When it came to Twitter, we asked a simple ‘yes/no’ question.

In just over four hours since posing the question live on our poll, we have received a total of 2,132 votes (at the time of writing) and according to the standings, voting appeared to signal a majority leaning toward staying away from pubs, bars and restaurants should they be allowed to reopen on 22nd June.

46% of voters stated that they would be happy to visit and spend time in hospitality establishments should this be permitted by the government, whereas 54% of voters indicated that they would not feel comfortable in doing so just yet and would personally opt for continuing with stricter social distancing measures and remaining at home.

We also invited additional follow-up comments, so here is a selection of responses that we received from members of the public wishing to elaborate upon their response:

Are you keen to have your say?

If you’ve not yet had the chance to respond our poll, then there is still time to cast your vote. Head on over to @TheMancUK on Twitter to take part, leave your thoughts and discuss matters with other Mancunians in the same position as you.

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