Birmingham Pride Festival Director Lawrence Barton, whose gay village venues include The Nightingale and The Village Inn, has praised Brummies for the way they responded to the challenges of Super Saturday (4 July) - the day on which numerous bars & clubs in the Southside area of the city reopened after Covid-19 lockdown.
Lawrence told BirminghamLive: "Despite the tough trading conditions hospitality venues like mine are having to face as a result of coronavirus, I was deeply encouraged by the level of trade received, given the strict but necessary social-distancing requirements.
“In spite of restrictions on customer numbers, volume of music, social distancing and a strict no bar service, one of our venues had takings that were in line with those of an average Saturday pre-lockdown.
"Meanwhile, despite takings at The Village Inn being down on pre-lockdown levels, these were in line with our forecasts.
“Reports in the media and elsewhere of widespread flouting of public health rules and requirements were not reflected here in Birmingham.”
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