Indoor opening delight in town
Pubs and cafes in Berwick have welcomed customers back inside for the first time in several months.
The latest stage in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, which came into effect on Monday, tempted a lot of people into the town centre to enjoy a drink or a meal with friends.
And combined with recent good news locally in relation to self-catering, Berwick Chamber of Trade chairman Stephen Scott is hopeful that the town’s businesses “should be looking ahead with confidence” this summer.
In addition, visitor attractions have now either re-opened, such as Berwick Museum and Art Gallery today, or opened up their indoor areas after only being able to allow people in their grounds – this applies to Bamburgh Castle, on Monday the doors were opened for visitors to enjoy its 14 staterooms, The Armstrong & Aviation Museum and newly refurbished Clock Tower Tearoom for the first time since November.
Mr Scott said: “It's been great to see Berwick town centre busy again.
“Our visitors staying in self-catering accommodation, especially the Berwick and Haggerston Holiday Parks, have helped provide a much-needed boost to the local economy.
“This week's further relaxation of restrictions is a crucial next step where local people and visitors will have the chance to experience Berwick's great hospitality businesses without worrying about the weather.
“I hope that local residents will have the confidence and desire to give themselves a treat – whether it be a locally roasted coffee, a light lunch, a beer or glass of wine, or an evening meal as a special treat.
“It's also been good to see several empty shops starting to be filled with new businesses. This can only help increase the number of people using the town centre and this should act as a catalyst for others to follow.
“With the likelihood of strong demand for staycations and with the hope of some good weather, Berwick businesses should be looking ahead with confidence.”
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