Sidmouth slowly reopens

“Welcome back”

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Businesses are opening up, as reported on Nub News:

Jurassic Paddle Sports returns to Sidmouth beach | sidmouth.nub.news

Staff at The Filling Station ‘excited’ to welcome back customers | sidmouth.nub.news

Coffee #1 in Sidmouth reopens today for takeaway | sidmouth.nub.news

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With pubs in particular making the headlines this weekend:

Staff at The Rising Sun prepare to reopen on July 4 | sidmouth.nub.news

Message to pub goers looking to enjoy ‘Super Saturday’ in Sidmouth | sidmouth.nub.news

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And, as the Herald reports, most people, both businesses and clients, are welcoming the easing:

Sidmouth’s pubs, cafes, restaurants and hairdressers reopen after Covid-19 lockdown | Sidmouth Herald

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Although, as the same piece says, some are still not keen to step into town – but even ‘younger people’ don’t want to hit the social circuit. At least just yet, according to the Stylist magazine:

As pubs reopen and people across the UK ease out of lockdown, it feels strange to be taking things at your own pace – especially when the definition of what’s ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ is becoming increasingly blurred…

Lockdown eases: I don’t want to go to a pub – why do I have FOMO?

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Of course, such ‘personal decisions’ have a wider impact – and not just on public health.

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More people are heading to the West Country for a break:

M5 delays ahead of Super Saturday – live updates – Devon Live

Super Saturday: Traffic comes to a standstill on region’s roads | ITV News

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And hopefully, they will make ‘responsible tourists’:

Sidmouth visitors told ‘come back safely and respect our communities’ by police chief | sidmouth.nub.news

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Although the locals have ‘mixed feelings’:

Coronavirus: Thousands flock to Devon and Cornwall, where there are mixed feelings | UK News | Sky News

‘They’ve been missed’: Cornwall welcomes first tourists of summer | UK news | The Guardian

Locals slam visitors as caravans arrive at Cornish beauty spots | Daily Mail Online

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With a bit of helpful advice for returning customers:

Customers returning to a popular village pub have been given a very Devon welcome – with farmers told to stay a pig apart. Barmaid Jackie, of the Ley Arms near Kenn, is proving an online hit with her unmistakable Devonian accent and warm-hearted safety advice.

‘Welcome back my lovers’ – Devon barmaid is online hit – Devon Live

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Which is basically the message from the chair of the Town Council:

Sidmouth council and chamber of commerce welcome reopening of hospitality trade | Sidmouth Herald

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Ultimately, though, it’s about convincing locals and visitors that things are safe:

AA Covid Confident accreditation awarded to Devon visitor attractions | Sidmouth Herald

   
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