This weekend is the weekend. It’s the weekend recruiter’s can get back to what we really do best. Drinking.
That’s right, Saturday the 4th of July 2020, commonly being referred to as Super Saturday, pubs, bars and restaurants across the UK will be allowed to reopen, having been closed since the 23rd of March.
Remember March? When most of us probably still thought the panic around coronavirus was overly dramatic and this was all probably going to go the same way as Swine Flu/Bird Flu where everyone makes a big fuss and you think you’re going to get time off work/school but then you don’t? Feels like another world.
Well now we begin the journey back to that world.
Except not really.
Of course the world is constantly shifting and changing, so the concept of going back to the world that existed before coronavirus is an impossible one and perhaps not even a popular one. Many people argue that the pandemic has revealed the flaws in how we live and this should serve as an impetus for change. Our economy has been damaged and our recovery plan is as yet unclear. Jobs have been lost. As have loved ones. An event like this has to have an impact on our identity as a nation. What will that impact be? I can’t say yet. I guess we just have to wait and see…
Anyway we were talking about the pub weren’t we?
Because the pub is that ever-enduring cornerstone of British identity. Despite our differences, we are all united by love of a beer garden and hatred of the always increasing price of a pint. So that’s what makes Saturday so Super – it lets us get back in touch with our roots, it lets us feel a little bit normal again. But, if there’s one thing the UK does as well as pubs, it’s rain. That’s right folks, the forecast is gloomy. Between 35-50mm of rain is expected to fall in 24 hours, with Saturday morning bringing strong winds and downpours to your door. In a way it feels kind of right to me. Kind of beautiful. What’s more British than having your plans ruined by the rain? I imagine we’ll persist and sit shuddering on drenched picnic benches anyway because that’s just what we do.
If you do make it out this weekend, try not to overindulge. I know I know, overindulgence is fun! Hey, I would never judge you for your personal choices, if you want to test the absolute physical limits of your ability to consume booze, that’s your call. But, then again, I’m not a doctor and it is doctors who want you to take it easy. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, the body representing A&E doctors, are politely requesting that the public abstain from drinking excessively and getting into fights. Dr Katherine Henderson, the college’s president, had this to say on the matter:
“After seeing all the goodwill, all of the clapping for the NHS, it would be heartbreaking to see A&Es overwhelmed on the first post-lockdown evening by people who have gotten too drunk or been in a fight.
If you go to A&E because you’re plastered, you end up stretching the health service further and potentially put others at risk.”
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I feel morally obligated to mention that going to the pub still might not be the best idea.
The Treasury was forced to delete a tweet telling people to “Grab a drink and raise a glass, pubs are reopening their doors from 4 July”, after it prompted backlash from critics claiming the celebratory tone ignored the reality of the crisis – especially as Leceister has become the first place in the UK to enter local lockdown following a spike in cases. Labour MP Geraint Davies was particularly critical, claiming it was “wholly irresponsible publicity (…) which will fuel a resurgence of coronavirus infection & death in England”. Alright Geraint let us know how you really feel mate.
If those – not exactly minced – words have got you concerned, Wetherspoons are here to save the day with this reassurance.
“The weather is out of our control, but our pubs tend to be three times larger than others so we are not worried about people being inside our venues.
“We can’t predict what the weather will be like in England, but we have faith that our customers and staff will be as safe as possible”
All 750 of their superiorly spacious pubs will be opening on Saturday.
An app for that
Couch to 5K: Running is hard. Running is especially hard when you first start trying to do it and you manage about five minutes before it feels like your throat is bleeding and you decide to crawl back home and call it a day. This free program, designed by the NHS, will help you ease your way into running a full 5K – starting by having you alternate between running and walking. The walking parts are my favourite.
Word of the week
so good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique.
‘The recruiter was renowned in the office for their inimitable dance moves which had a tendency to emerge after a couple of pints’.
Dog of the week
Betty is a cross between a shitzu and a miniature poodle. She is named after Betty Boop. She is adorable.