THEWEEKEND THE WORLD AWOKE
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.”
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.