HAIRDRESSERS, gyms, shops, libraries, pubs and restaurants with outdoor seating reopened in West Lancashire on a sunny, but very cold spring day on Monday being celebrated as the “Glorious Twelfth”.
Significant parts of the indoor economy and further outdoor settings sprung back into action from April 12, after data confirmed the government’s ‘four tests’ for easing Covid restrictions had been met.
This is the third stage of the government’s “roadmap” out of this lockdown. However the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has continued to urge caution because there has been no changes to social contact rules and many restrictions are still in place.
Outdoor gatherings must still be limited to six people or two households, and people must not socialise indoors with anyone they do not live with or have not formed a support bubble with.
Gary Mitchell, general manager at The Concourse Centre in Skelmersdake, said: “We are thrilled to see so many more of our shops re-opening for business and are looking forward to welcoming back shoppers in greater numbers now that restrictions are easing.
“We’ve worked incredibly hard to make sure the shopping centre remains safe for tenants and visitors and will continue to undertake enhanced cleaning, as we have done throughout the pandemic.”
The public toilets at the Concourse also re-opened on Monday, April 12.
David Speak, the landlord at The Cricketers in Ormskirk commented: “It’s been a straightforward first day and has been very successful with no teething problems. Everyone has been sticking to the guidelines.
“We have a beer garden at the back, which is covered, and is already fully booked this week.”
The Sandpiper pub and restaurant in Bickerstaffe posted on their social media account: “We are so excited to open and welcome you all back to our wonderful pub
“Final preparations are all done and we cannot wait to see you all soon.”
Esquire barbers UK in Burscough wrote on social media: “So the day has finally come, we get to reopen out doors and see all our amazing customers.
“Myself and the team can’t wait to see you all and for you to see the changes we’ve made inside our shop.”
Ormskirk’s The Cottage, which sells cards and contemporary gifts, reopened this week and wrote on their site: “A huge thank you to everyone that has continued to support our and other ‘non-essential’ Ormskirk businesses during this challenging time. We are here because of you.”