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Eateries prepare for opening

By Abbey Morton
Annan and Eskdale
Eateries prepare for opening

RESTAURANTS, cafes, hairdressers, churches and holiday lets are all making their final preparations for opening tomorrow.

From 9 am, eateries across the region will welcome customers over the threshold for the first time in months.

One of those is Barbours of Dumfries’ restaurant.

And a Barbours spokesman said: “The news our loyal customers have been patiently waiting for, our restaurant will be reopening on Wednesday July 15 at 9.15 am.

“Please wait to be seated by a member of the team, and abide by social distancing measures at all times.

“We will be working on a smaller than normal menu to enable our staff time to catch their breath and get used to the new normal.

“We can’t wait to welcome you back.”

Churches are set to open their doors, allowing in worshipers for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation, with physical distancing and limited numbers.

Hairdressers and barbers will have clients back in the hot seat, with some faced with correcting lockdown hair dos and disasters.

All childcare providers can also reopen , subject to individual arrangements, meaning more flexibility for working parents.

At all times physical distancing should be observed as well as face masks in appropriate places and extra hygiene measures.

Earlier this week organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activities resumed for under 18s.

Dental practices have also begun to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care and work is underway to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely.

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres have also re-opened.

The next step comes on Wednesday July 22, when motorcycle instruction and hazard/theory tests can resume, as well as tractor tests.

Universities and colleges will begin a phased return to on-campus learning and beauticians can reopen with enhanced hygiene measures.

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