Cautious hugging, indoor pints movies and gyms as Sheffield moves to step 3 of lockdown easing on Monday

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for – Sheffield welcomes a return to some sort of normality on Monday as Boris Johnson gave the green light to cautious hugging and the serving of pints inside pubs after months of strict restrictions.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 6:22 pm

PM Boris Johnson has confirmed lockdown easing for England will move to step 3 from Monday, May 17

People will be able to sit inside pubs, cinemas and theatres as lockdown eases further in England – and this time without any 10pm curfews. It will be the first time since the New Year that pubs, bars and restaurants may reopen indoors.

Kane Yeardley who runs True North Brew Co (The York, Broadfield, The Forum, The Old House pubs) said: “We’re all excited -it’s been difficult for places only being able to trade outside. It’s going to be a strange week, we’re all fully booked especially the weekend. We were a bit worried about what the PM was going to announce but it seems like he’s going to let us go ahead. The first three weeks we’ve been able to trade outside was good People who came back have really enjoyed getting back to the pub and meeting their friends. Everyone has been talking more and being sociable and long may that go on.”

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Pub goers in Sheffield won't have to sit freezing in a beer garden to enjoy a pint from Monday.

Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children's play areas can open as can theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums.

Organised adult sports, gyms and exercise classes can restart indoors.

Sheffield Odeon, Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema and The Vue Cinema at Meadowhall are reopening on May 17. The Light Cinema Sheffield plans to reopen on Friday, May 28.

There’s plenty to look forward to, from Oscar winner Nomadland to Godzilla Vs Kong and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, with Fast & Furious 9 and the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, No Time to Die, coming later in the year.

TGI Friday’s will open its Sheffield restaurants next week and the American food chain will be offering free cocktails to people who have missed birthday celebrations during lockdown.

The thrill and excitement of casinos will return to Sheffield, as Grosvenor Casinos and Genting casino in Sheffield say they are are ‘delighted to be getting back to business’