Yesterday we were feeling all kinds of nerves. The lockdown has been many things over the past 10 months (10 months!!), but in the not-to-distant future it’s about to be something we kindof felt like it might never be: OVER.
Staying safe has been our number one priority ever since we opened our little shop in December — the safety of everyone has always been at the front of our minds. Going into deliveries only territory was strange and unfamiliar, but if it meant people were safer, we were happy to do it.
Now the lockdown’s got some end dates, it’s a bit weird, isn’t it? It felt like it would go on forever. We all definitely want it to end, but now it’s going to be over we’re feeling a bit like — oh! What a surprise! Okay! Better get planning then!
So the first thing we want to chat about is our first opening dates. What does the UK Roadmap for lifting lockdown mean for Corto?
The rules, according to the BBC news explainer (which is super helpful for all aspects of life outside of lockdown btw), say the following:
12th April 2021: All shops allowed to open
17th May 2021: Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
We weren’t sure if the law will allow “hospitality venues” to sell alcohol to take away after the 12th April. James from SIBA reckons it is though, and we trust him!
Takeaway beer is allowed from 12th April. Agree on the licensing point – will be taking that up. the consultation on SBR reform is ongoing, very unlikely to see that changed/annoucned as it’s ongoing (but agree it would be nice!) — James Calder (@jmcalder101) February 22, 2021
So, this means:
Corto will be open as a shop from April 12th 2021
We will be planning Corto opening parties to start from the week of May 17th 2021
So keep your eyes open for announcements in the coming weeks! We’ve got some stuff to share…
Pubs will be allowed to open up their beer gardens earlier than this, on the 12th April, but we don’t have any outdoor space so this doesn’t apply to us. No, we can’t put benches on the pavement (unless the council wants to close off the main streets to traffic for a little while for some continental vibes? Might be a shout?)
So until May, see you in our shop, or out the back of The Swan With Two Necks with a pint of Lagonda!
We’re not silly. We know that things could change and dates could move, and that April and May are still months away. But for now, let’s be positive. The days are getting longer and the vaccines are working well. The end of all this is in sight.
We’re allowing ourselves to feel a little bit lighter and a lot more excited today 🙂