Who would have thought that a thriving pub garden in high summer would feel like such a remarkable sight? Restaurants and bars have now been open for over a fortnight to bring some much-needed conviviality back into our lives. And now another vital milestone in our return to normality looms - the opening on 25 July of indoor gyms and pools.
As committed champions of local communities and the businesses that sustain them, we couldn't be happier to once again see people spending money on the things they enjoy. Our journalists, spread across dozens of cities up and down the country, have been highlighting newly reopened businesses and building excitement for those yet to fling back open their doors. We’ve rounded up some of the best of them here:
The hospitality sector breathed a sigh of relief last weekend as bars, pubs and restaurants reopened.
A chippy tea is a comforting, failsafe treat – and happily Sheffield is well-served with fish and chip shops.
A multi-million pound vision to regenerate Blackpool has been revealed.
After binge-watching Netflix and indulging in a few too many lockdown takeaways, it's nearly time to get back on it with the reopening of Preston's gyms on July 25.
Set up by former barrister Nisha Katona in 2014, Mowgli focuses on small street food items, as well as larger curry dishes.
Scotland is easing lockdown restrictions as part of its route map, and is now in phase 3
The 47-year-old took over the reins at the Eight Bells in Jevington earlier this year
A former pub landlord has brought famously-haunted pub the Bull I’Th Thorn back to life
A Sunderland tattoo artist completed a decade’s worth of work on a client’s sleeve as the clock struck midnight on Monday, July 13
Burnley is bouncing back well from the Covid-19 lockdown, with its high street recovery currently in second place in the UK
There is a wealth of choice when it comes to picking a hairdresser in Sheffield. Here, according to reviewers on websites Google and Yelp, are 10 of the best.
Our news brands have been voicing their support for the return of local business life through their #SupportLocal Twitter campaign. Keep your eye out for that hashtag to learn about more local spots that are springing back into business and need your support.