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Flintoff ‘fears for the weeks ahead’ as pubs finally reopen

Written by on July 4, 2020

One of Preston’s greatest sporting stars has revealed his worries over returning to pubs following their reopening after more than three months of lockdown.

Since March 23, pubs and bars have been closed under strict lockdown rules to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

But as of today (July 4), they can finally reopen their doors to the public, albeit with strict social distancing and hygiene rules.

In a tweet to his almost two million followers, former England and Lancashire cricketer Andrew Flintoff said he ‘fears for the weeks ahead’ following the latest change to lockdown rules.

He said that even in his most prominent drinking days, he would still be staying away if those times were during Covid-19.

In the tweet, Flintoff said: “Not even in my drinking heyday would I go near a pub at the minute.

“I fear for the weeks ahead.”

Flintoff was responding to TV presenter Piers Morgan.

Morgan said: “Reopening Britain’s pubs on a sunny Saturday in July was dumb enough.

“Letting them open from 6am is stupefyingly stupid.

“Does anyone at No 10 have a brain? Or do they just want us all to die? Serious questions.”

The following businesses are able to to open again from July 4 as long as they are Covid secure:

  • Restaurants, Cafes and Workplace Canteens
  • Pubs and bars
  • Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
  • Places of Worship
  • Libraries
  • Community Centres
  • Cinemas

  • Bingo Halls

  • Museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms
  • Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
  • Amusement arcades
  • Outdoor skating rinks
  • Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
  • Social clubs
  • Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction