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Breaking News ! Pubs in Cambridgeshire are allowed to reopen from Saturday (July 4) but people have been divided over the changes. While some have celebrated the easing of lockdown restrictions, others have been more hesitant to return to their local drinking holes. We asked our readers what they thought of pubs re-opening and here's what they had to say. Some pointed out that pub gardens will make it safer, while others called for people to support businesses by visiting their local. Meanwhile, fears over antisocial behaviour have been raised and some people voiced their fears over coronavirus being spread. Here's what people make of the plans to reopen, and whether they'll be heading out or not. Worries over corovonairus Some people have understandably prioritised their health as pubs look to re-open. Mike Rowe said: "It would be a foolish thing for me to do as I am almost 60, have diabetes, and I am overweight. "I would be tempting fate too much and it is one thing opening them but quite another getting people to use them with all of the social distancing in place." Rosie Dore, who works as a carer, said she won't be going to protect others. She added: "I have a feeling things are going to get quite out of hand next weekend so I'll be avoiding going out as much as possible" Read More Related Articles How to get the latest Cambridgeshire news direct to your inbox Tony Wenman said: "They [pubs] will be rammed and social distancing will be out the window." Rebecca Watkins said she would sooner visit her distant family than go to a pub. She said: "I don't see why it's safe for me to get bladdered surrounded by strangers when it's apparently not safe for me to cross the border into Wales to see family I've not seen for months." Fears of antisocial behaviour Andi Speechley said: "I think there will be trouble with a capital T." Matthew Thorpe agreed, voicing concerns that social distancing wouldn't be observed. "Once the excitement is over we may be able to visit our pubs in a manner that allows for some form of social distancing. Look at the riversides and the beaches. [There are] too many that are too selfish to take matters seriously," he said. Kelly Grant agreed that pubs will struggle to control social distancing once alcohol is involved. Luke Jenkins said: "If you guys do go be kind and pace yourself, I feel for the bar staff and all those they will have to put up with over the next few months." Join the #IAmOpen community and give your business a boost Access to lots of FREE tools to help stabilise your business and start making up for lost time is just one newsletter sign up away. As part of our #IAmOpen community to help and support small businesses owners like you, you will get a regular newsletter from our journalists plus we'll let you know how you can: get exclusive access to business webinars have a single-page website landing page made montage video created book an online marketing heath check report and bag discounted advertising rates just made for our mates.What’s more, it’s all FREE. So sign up here right now. It’s very least we can do to back you, support you and just say THANK YOU. 'Too many restrictions to relax' Some people pointed out the issues posed by the range of safety measures that will be brought in at pubs. Hugh Taylor said: "No point, wouldn’t be a relaxing enjoyable evening... this virus is exactly the same as it was 4 months ago, we have got used to it but it will still kill you just as before...
." Sally Harrison said: "I think there would be too many restrictions to relax and enjoy and I would be anxious about people losing their guard. So it’s a no from me atm, it’s too early for this. I’d rather buy beer from local business and enjoy in the garden." Elaine Hafidi, who works at a pub, said she won't be heading back for similar reasons: "Can't order drinks at the bar, can't use cash, tables no bigger than 6 people and divided with screens. You can't socialise with people on another table, and many more."
Will go to support local businesses Many pubs have faced financial difficulty over the last few months and some people are keen to support their local. Kimberly Howlett said: "Indeed to pop into my local to have a swift standing half to show support ... they have been without an income (aside from delivering meals) for 3 months ..." Juliet Grey agreed: "If you MUST go to a pub, at least go to a Freehouse and don’t put money in the pockets of millionaires who only care about profits, not your health ." Chris Green said he won't be visiting the pub but acknowledged the troubles that pubs have faced during the pandemic. He said: "I wish the pub managers all the best, as lockdown has been so rough for them."
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Time to get back to socialising Some people pointed out that getting back to the pub will be a good opportunity to see friends again. Colin Currell said: "Why negativity not everyone is an a******, a pub is a hub, the centre of the village - it will be great to get out for pub lunches, socialise and get back to some normality. Steven Burdett agreed: "Fantastic so many are saying no. More room for those that want to get back to having fun and enjoying life." Safer in pub gardens For some, pub gardens will make the experience feel safer and could encourage them to visit their local. Jo Hollywood-Nunn said: "Freehold pubs in village locations with massive pub gardens should fare better than gastro pubs etc. Hopefully!" Zini Dishi said: "Why not? With nice weather, social distancing can easily be respected." Gary Matthew agreed, pointing out there isn't much difference between beaches and beer gardens. He said: "Some people are saying no they won’t go in a pub where there are 20ish people, yet they will be quite happy to go to a beach with 2000 people. Life’s got to get back to normal."