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Social distancing and alcohol… July 6, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Who would have thought it? What a surprise!

Drunk people are unable to properly socially distance, the chairman of the British Police Federation has said as pubs reopened in England for the first time since lockdown.

John Apter said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule as restrictions were eased yesterday.

Not that scenes in Dublin were exactly heartening at the weekend.

The lack of social distancing in large crowds socialising over the weekend on Dame Lane in Dublin city centre presented an “ugly image” for the city, the head of the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) has said.
The problem was “separate” to the reopening of pubs that can operate as restaurants, and related to “street drinking,” Donall O’Keeffe, LVA chief executive said.
Video footage circulating on social media showed a large crowd socialising and drinking on Dame Lane, with some playing live music, and little adherence to two metre social distancing rules.

Some might say that the reification of pub ‘reopenings’ by the media and business interests in the past month or so has a lot to do with it.


1. alanmyler - July 6, 2020

With the day that’s in it, having reached now my late 50s, we went up to Dublin for the first time since February. Had food and a pint (and a half) in a restaurant in Temple Bar and it’s very noticeable how quiet town is by comparison with normal times. Ok, Monday of course. But lots of closed premises. Lots of perspex in the restaurant, it felt quite safe I thought, weird of course but not in any sort of anxiety inducing way. I won’t be rushing back any Saturday night or anything though, that just seems quite reckless. Have to say, the LVA response on the radio today was quite appalling. Whatever licenced premises was serving pints on Dame Lane the other night should be shut down to set an example. Self regulation fails yet again, surprise surprise.

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WorldbyStorm - July 6, 2020

Congratulations and commiserations. Still too soon for me to go restauranting but I salute the pioneers. 🙂

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