‘It’s great to be back’

Pubs and cus­tomers say cheers to a suc­cess­ful first week­end as po­lice say thanks to all for a ‘re­spon­si­ble re­turn to business’

West Sussex County Times - - Front Page -

Own­ers of a vil­lage pub and their cus­tomers said ‘It’s good to be back’ af­ter re­open­ing on Satur­day.

It was the first time in months that pub-go­ers got the chance of a pint at The Tipsy Fox in South­wa­ter - and they were lov­ing it.

It was gar­den-ser­vice only, for the time be­ing, but it didn’t de­ter any­one from en­joy­ing a new taste of free­dom since lock­down in March.

Co-owner Andy Kee­ley said: “It was re­ally good to be back, al­beit with a one-way sys­tem and all the cau­tious­ness. We were rea­son­ably busy but there was no crazi­ness to it.”

Some other pubs in and around Hor­sham also re­opened on Satur­day, but others will phase re­open­ing over the next few weeks. Many will op­er­ate ini­tially on re­duced hours.

Hor­sham District Coun­cil said it was pri­ori­tis­ing sup­port for hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses to en­sure that they are able to pro­vide a good cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, whilst con­tin­u­ing to meet their safety obli­ga­tions to fight the spread of


Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Com­mu­nity Mat­ters and Well­be­ing Cllr Tri­cia Youtan said: “Whilst we are re­ally pleased that our hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses can at last re-open, we must re­main mind­ful that they do so in as safe and se­cure a man­ner as pos­si­ble, for both the traders them­selves and their staff, as well as their cus­tomers.

“Please do fol­low the safety guid­ance we are mak­ing avail­able and if you have any queries, do con­tact our en­vi­ron­men­tal health spe­cial­ists.”

Vis­i­tors to The Tipsy Fox at South­wa­ter

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