We want you to drink all of that, Eric
Pubs were ordered to close before the blanket lockdown order came on March 23: they had closed their doors the previous Friday. Some have since begun a takeaway service; other outlets have been delivering beer within their local areas. Microbreweries are getting into beer delivery in a big way. But after three and a half months, throwing open the doors is going to have one effect: a lot of people are going to sup just a little too much.
Bozo, as the Guardian has reported, “has implored people to behave responsibly and safely as England’s chief medical officer admitted Saturday’s easing of the lockdown left the country treading a narrow path with serious risks ‘on either side’ … In a press conference on the eve of changes that will allow restaurants, pubs and bars to reopen for the first time since March, the prime minister insisted ‘we are not out of the woods yet’ … ‘Let’s not blow it,’ he said”. The Daily Mail put it rather more directly.
Just how effective the exhortations from Hancock, and the Mail’s front page claim “WE’LL LOCK UP SUPER SATURDAY HOOLIGANS” are likely to be was conceded in this ominous coda to the report: “The police and the emergency services are bracing for mayhem today, with pubs allowed to reopen from 6am. In some parts of the country, more officers have been deployed than on New Year’s Eve”. Hmmmm.
Not when they’re on their ninth pint, they won’t. Welcome to the vomitorium.