Pubs and restaurants in Peterborough closed in March to adhere with social distancing rules, and although some opened during the lockdown for takeaways, nearly three months later, tables are being laid once again to welcome customers from Saturday, July 4.
The Woolpack in Stanground has even planned a return party for its regulars.
The newly refurbished pub is popular with local residents who shared messages of support on social media, eager to return when the doors open in a few days time.
The team posted on social media: “We’re ready for the biggest party Stanground has seen in many years. We are opening on the 4th of July. The bands booked, the DJs booked and the beer is ordered. Details to follow on booking tables and how to download our new app.
“We can’t wait to welcome you to the new, fresh woolpack and the new team. See you soon!”
The Ostrich Inn in Peterborough city centre, behind Westgate House is getting ready to re-open, although it hasn’t decided on a date yet.
The pub is getting a makeover and the opening will depend on how soon they can get the works done.
Sue Minto from the pub said: “We have got our safety measures in place. But we are finishing out works so our opening will depend on when we finish it. We were expecting an announcement of reopening with outdoors only on July 4.
“Nevertheless, we are preparing to welcome customers back in and will have an update by end of the week.”
The Wonky Donkey Pub on Fletton High Street opened two-weeks ago for takeway beers and the owners say: "The response has gone off the roof".
After making the decision to reopen, The Wonky Donkey has since decided to remain closed.
The Bluebell pub in Werrington has also announced it’s preparing for re-opening and will have a date shortly for its customers.
The Chubby Castor of the Fitzwilliam Arms in Castor has announced a re-opening its doors on July 8.
A spokesperson posted: “Our reservation team will be able to assist Thursday & Friday 10-2 pm until then, or alternatively please book your table online.
“Please head over to our website to review all the steps we've taken to ensure our diners, staff and community keep safe upon reopening.”
While giving the green light for hospitality sector to re-open, Boris Johnson announced: “I can tell the House that we will also reopen restaurants and pubs. All hospitality indoors will be limited to table service and our guidance will encourage minimal staff and customer contact.
“We will ask businesses to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers as happens in other countries and we will work with the sector to make this manageable.”