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AFTER weeks un­der­wraps, pubs, cine­mas and play parks have started to re­open.

On Satur­day, Wok­ing­ham busi­nesses were able to en­act new mea­sures de­signed to let them wel­come cus­tomers back through their doors.

There were queues for pubs and bar­bers as peo­ple waited their turn.

And movie lovers were able to en­joy pop­corn and clas­sic films at the Show­case Cin­ema in Win­nersh.

The re-opening was wel­comed by coun­cil leader Cllr John Hal­sall, but warned: “There is a long way to go, and the emer­gency is not over yet, the virus is still about.”

Wok­ing­ham. To­day un­der­stands that al­though Thames Val­ley Po­lice had an in­creased pres­ence on the streets, it was a quiet week­end.

It was a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion at the Royal Berk­shire Hos­pi­tal.

A spokesper­son for the Royal Berk­shire NHS Foun­da­tion Trust said: “We were well­pre­pared for any in­crease in de­mand for ser­vices in Emer­gency Depart­ment on Satur­day night and the depart­ment was busy.

“How­ever, most peo­ple heeded ad­vice to be sen­si­ble whilst they­were out cel­e­brat­ing the re­open­ing of pubs and restau­rants which meant there was no ma­jor pres­sure put on staff dur­ing the evening.”

The added: “On a more gen­eral note, it’s very im­por­tant peo­ple who have ap­point­ments at the hos­pi­tal at­tend for their treat­ment. There are very strin­gent safety mea­sures in place to make the hos­pi­tal a wel­com­ing and safe

en­vi­ron­ment so peo­ple don’t need to worry about com­ing into the build­ing.

Once here, peo­ple must re­mem­ber the so­cial dis­tanc­ing and hand wash­ing rules and must wear a mask or face cov­er­ing. We’re also ad­vis­ing them not to come too early for their ap­point­ment as we will not be able to ac­com­mo­date them be­fore their al­lot­ted time. This is to help us com­ply with so­cial dis­tanc­ing and in­fec­tion con­trol clean­ing.”

Pic­tures: Steve Smyth

The Queen’s Head wel­come pun­ters with a glass of Cham­pagne (top). The Hope and An­chor toast to a suc­cess­ful week­end (left) Show­case Cin­ema man­ager Jay serves up the snacks for movie-go­ers.

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