For the reputation of the pub trade, and perhaps the short-term future of the entire country, Super Saturday is a big day.
Bars re-open and anything could happen. Will a newly cautious nation be sensible, drink in moderation, and go home early?
Maybe, but that’s not the way to bet.
Are the pubs even safe in the first place? Doubtless, they have had a deep clean, but that doesn’t prevent idiocy.
Mitchells & Butlers nodded in this direction today, noting in its results statement that, “some consumers may not heed the measures put in place to restrict the spread of the virus, potentially putting our team members and other guests at risk.”
In the US, Dr Anthony Fauci says that going to an indoor bar is just about one of the most dangerous things you can do right now.
Greene King is, sensibly I think, delaying re-opening until next week. It is going to wait and see what happens on Scary Saturday first.
The danger must be that a) The nation goes mad. b) A surge in infections is later linked back to pubs, which many people decide never to revisit since they are plainly unsafe.
It’s a big day.
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