The landlady of a Richmond town centre pubs says they are delaying their reopening amid concerns about the numbers of people who could go out drinking this weekend.
Pubs and restaurants in England are allowed to reopen on Saturday after being closed since March to slow the spread of Covid-19.
The day has been dubbed ‘Super Saturday’ with some predicting it could be as busy as New Year’s Eve.
But Tenille Wren, landlady of the Town Hall Hotel, in Richmond, said they had decided to delay their reopening until Monday, July 6.
She said: “I have concerns as it’s been named ‘Super Saturday’ on social media.
“A worrying factor for this weekend is that more people will be off work than a weekday plus it’s pay weekend.
“I feel it would be safer and sensible for myself and staff to find our feet with a completely new way of working on a quieter day.”
Tenille said it was currently a nerve wracking time for licensees.
“We all want to be back doing what we love but it’s people before profits.
“We have to get this right to give customers a safe and comfortable experience when they visit us.”