LiveLIVE updates as Derbyshire welcomes customers back inside as lockdown eases

As lockdown restrictions ease again from today, here are the Chesterfield pubs, restaurants, cafes, and cinemas welcoming customers back inside for the first time in months.

Monday, 17th May 2021, 12:30 pm

For many bars, eateries, museums cafes and restaurants the latest relaxing of Covid-19 rules couldn’t come a moment too soon, despite caution over the so-called Indian variant.

Pubs cafes and restaurants in Chesterfield and north Derbyshire are opening their doors, inside, rather than outside this time to diners again for the first time in months.

Keep up to date by following our live blog below and watch the area come alive again as customers set foot indoors some of its most well-loved establishments.

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Pubs reopen indoors after lockdown.  Harriet Whiteley, Rosie Bowan and Chloe Watts at Chesterfield's Spa Lane Vaults.
Pubs reopen indoors after lockdown. Harriet Whiteley, Rosie Bowan and Chloe Watts at Chesterfield's Spa Lane Vaults.

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Live updates as indoor hospitality reopens in Chesterfield and across north Derbyshire

Last updated: Monday, 17 May, 2021, 15:56

  • Lockdown restrictions ease further as pubs and restuarants welcome customers back indoors
  • Outdoor performances such as outdoor cinemas, outdoor theatres and outdoor cinemas can reopen
  • Entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes also allowed to resume
  • Up to 30 people will be able to attend weddings, receptions and wakes, as well as funerals
  • PM calls for a “heavy dose of caution” as indoor socialising and physical contact resumes
  • Derbyshire public health director warns people should enjoy new freedoms ‘safely'

Face coverings, social distancing and track and trace

The Spread Eagle bartender Nicola Rushton pours drinks for customers, who are now able to dine inside.

While Covid-19 restrictions have relaxed further to allow people to socialise and dine indoors, along with giving entertainment venues the green light to open up from today, some measures still remain.

Staff and customers are required to wear masks inside, unless visitors are seated at a table and abide by social distancing.

Customers should also be asked to sign into the NHS Track and Trace app upon arrival.

New hotel rooms available at The Spread Eagle

One of the new hotel rooms at The Spread Eagle.

Today was the first day many hospitality businesses got the chance to show off their new interiors and lockdown refurbishments as restrictions relaxed even further.

The Spread Eagle in Chesterfield has new hotel rooms available for the night.

Grins behind face coverings as Chesterfield residents support hospitality’s full reopening

Karen Hallows serves Carla Bond and John Hessian at The Spread Eagle pub.

Customers have flocked to The Spread Eagle pub on Beetle Street this afternoon, to show their support as they can now enjoy drinks and food indoors.

More here.

Pubs reopen indoors after lockdown

Table service: Dawn Sales takes drinks to a table in Chesterfield’s Spa Lane Vaults.

Take a look at customers and staff dining indoors on the first day of hospitality fully reopening.

First look at Chesterfield reopening: Customers enjoy food and drink inside at town’s most popular pubs

After weeks of only being able to serve customers outside, huddling over soggy pints – people are now able to eat and drink indoors.

Deborah Ward and Hilary Johnson.

Residents were captured enjoying their new-found freedoms at Spa Lane Vaults this morning.

Business chief hails 'crucial milestone' as indoor hospitality returns

The East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire) have reacted to the latest easing of virus restrictions today.

Scott Knowles, East Midlands Chamber chief executive.

Chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Today marks another crucial milestone in our economic recovery and there will be many pubs, restaurants, cafés, cinemas and other businesses celebrating the opportunity to either expand their capacity or reopen for the first time this year.”

More available in John Smith’s report.

Health chief urges caution as Covid restrictions ease in Derbyshire despite 'significant outbreak'

As infection rates in areas of the county remain high, Derbyshire’s director of public health Dean Wallace is calling for people to remain on their guard and enjoy their new freedoms safely.

It comes after two cases in the Long Eaton community were confirmed as ‘variants of concern’.

Read the full story here.

‘I’m just missing that kind of closeness’: Derbyshire mum explains what it means to hug loved ones again

While the Prime Minister has urged people to be cautious, people are allowed to hug their friends and family for the first time in months today.

Charlotte Mason, who lives in Clowne, is excited to embrace her two best friends Sarah and Jenny, who she’s known for over 15 years.

The best friends are looking forward to hugging again.

She said: “It is just missing that kind of closeness, I have met up with them in gardens and I have popped out to the shops with them but it’s not quite the same.”

Smiles as punters enjoy pints inside

Douglas Daniels, owner of The Market pub in Chesterfield town centre.

One pub delighted to be finally fully reopening is The Market, on New Beetwell Street.

Douglas Daniels, owner, said: “We’re greatly looking forward to getting back, as are the whole team.

“We’ve really missed all of our customers and can’t wait to welcome them back.”

More reaction available here.

Reopening ‘massive relief’ for pub which debuts new interior after lockdown revamp

The Kelstedge has reopened fully, along with thousands of other pubs today in line with lockdown easing.

The Kelstedge, on Matlock Road, Kelstedge, underwent a revamp during lockdown ahead of reopening its beer garden on April 12.

Now staff cannot wait to show off the new-look interior.

Helen Marshall, manager, said: “It’s a massive relief to be able to fully reopen – we can’t wait for it and neither can our customers.”

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Anticipation as punters return to town's well-loved pubs

Pub manager Emily Bird getting ready to reopen Spa Lane Vaults Chesterfield.

Another pub reopening today is JD Wetherspoon’s The Spa Lane Vaults, on St Mary’s Gate.

Eddie Gerson, Wetherspoon spokesman, said: “The pub has been closed for a long time and it will be great to see the pub busy once again.”

Chesterfield pubs, cafes and restaurants celebrate serving customers indoors from today

Staff at Koo in Chesterfield are welcoming customers back inside for the first time since the third lockdown today.

Koo, a popular bistro and cafe on Chatsworth Road, was one of the thousands of businesses that reopened on April 12 but with only eight outdoor tables, the brunch spot is keen to welcome people back inside.

Owner Sian Spencer-Bray said: “We are really excited about opening indoors, there is quite a lot of uncertainty when it comes to seating outside especially with the weather as people are cancelling when the weather isn’t great.”

Read the full story here.

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